A loan of $500 helped to buy corn wholesale in order to be able to sell tamales the rest of the year. Corn is the main ingredient for making tamales.


Orbelina Del Carmen's story

Orbelina del Carmen V. D. Martínez is 45 years old. She lives just a few minutes away from the capital, El Salvador, in the city of Soyapango, which has a large population. She lives with Manuel, her husband, who is a businessman, with a sister who works in an industry owned by the municipality and her 19 year-old son, Juan José, who works in a troqueladora (factory for leather and cardboard products) and also helps with this hard-working family's expenses. Orbelina del Carmen has been earning her living since a very young age. She is a hard worker and very honest, something that has maD. her stand out in her community and that none of her neighbors would dispute. Many years ago, when her son was very young, she decided to start a business in which she would apply her experience at making delicious traditional chicken tamales. Her goal was to help her husband cover the household expenses. She sells her tamales 6 days a week, which entails a lot of hard work, since most days she has to go to the local market very early in the morning to buy the fresh ingredients which are the basis of their excellent reputation. She has asked for a loan to buy enough corn at wholesale prices to last her the rest of the year. Corn is the main ingredient for making tamales.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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