A loan of $1,000 helped buy bananas, milk, beans, sugar, and oil.

Elba Luz's story

Elba Luz C. M. is 28, and she lives in the Morazán department. She lives with her two children. She has a nine year old daughter who goes to school and a 15 month old baby. She also lives with her 68 year old grandmother who helps her take care of her daughters and do the household chores.

Elba makes empanadas. This is a typical dish made with a banana base, which is formed into dough. It is shaped into a small ball and has a milk or bean filling. Then it is fried and served with sugar on top. The empanadas are made in her house. Her grandmother helps with the process because they make a fair amount. She sells them to middle school students at a school in her area. She also sells them at home with help from her grandmother. Elba is in charge of selling them away from the school as a traveling vendor in neighborhoods and cantons. Elba puts forth a lot of effort to sell all of her product everyday because it is the only source of income that she has. She is the only one supporting her family and paying all of the household expenses.

That is the reason she is asking for Integral for a loan. With the loan she will be able to buy a larger quantity of bananas, milk, beans, sugar, and oil. These are the raw materials of her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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