A loan of $700 helped to buy ingredients for meal preparation.

María Francisca's story

María Francisca L., 66, lives in Ilopango with a daughter. María has a pupusería, an eatery where she makes pupusas, mornings and nights.
[A pupusa is a thick, hand-made corn biscuit-like flat bread (made using masa de maíz, a maize flour dough used in Latin American cuisine) that is stuffed with one or more of the following: cheese (queso) (usually a soft cheese called Quesillo found in all Central America), fried pork meat ground to a paste consistency (called chicharrón, not to be confused with fried pork rind which is also known as chicharrón in some other countries), squash (ayote), or (pataste), refried beans (frijoles refritos), or queso con loroco (loroco is a vine flower bud from Central America). There is also the pupusa revuelta with mixed ingredients, such as queso (cheese), frijoles (beans), and chicharrón or bacon. Pupusas are similar to tortillas and especially to arepas. In fact, in El Salvador, normal tortillas are about the same diameter and thickness as pupusas, without the filling.)] She needs financing because she would also like to start to sell basic food items as well as to be able to buy ingredients, like corn, beans and rice, that she needs for her pupusas. María hopes to increase her sales to have a positive effect on her economic situation since, at her age, her wish is to be able to count on having the basic things necessary to live.

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