A loan of $800 helped buy grains for her business.

Teresa Hermelinda's story

Teresa Hermelina O. is 38 and married. She lives with her husband and their three children. Maria Jose is 15, Andres Joselito is 13, and Danya Victoria is two months.

She belongs to the San Jose de las Orquideas Communal Bank, which is located 15 minutes from the city of San Miguel in the San Jose de Palmas community. Farmers make up a big part of the community, and their main crops are potatoes and corn.

Teresa works buying grains; corn, beans, and wheat. She buys the crops from the farmers and she sells the crops. She makes her purchases in the villages in her community and in the fairs. She sells to a wholesale merchant. She is asking for a loan to buy grains for her business.

Her dream for the future is that her children succeed and depend upon themselves and no one else. She would also like to get a little house of her own in which to raise her children. She currently lives in her parents’ house.

Teresa likes taking care of her little daughter and keeping house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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