A loan of $950 helped buy cashew seeds to sell.

Luciana Esmeralda's story

Luciana Esmeralda H. is 28 years old. She lives in the El Carrizal canton, which is located in Jiquilisco in the Usulután department. She lives with her husband and their two children. They help Luciana in the business.

She has a business selling cashew seeds. She cooks them, peels them, and then puts them in small bags. Then they are ready to sell. Her two children help her with this process. Later, Luciana goes to sell them as a street vendor in the different neighborhoods in Usulután.

This work produces very acceptable earnings. The earnings allow her to give her husband the necessary help to pay all of the household expenses. It also allows her to give her children everything they need.

That is why Luciana is requesting a loan from Integral to be able to buy more plastic bags and more “pepas”. Pepas is the name for the cashew seed before it is prepared.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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