A loan of $300 helped buy corn, wood and other products to make tortillas.

Gilma Jeannett's story

Gilma lives in San Miguel, department of San Miguel. She is a single mother and has three children (Gerson, Oscar and Xiomara). Her husband abandoned them several years ago. Since then she has been selling tortillas to support her children. She started selling tortillas 5 years ago and she sells them twice a day, from 6 to 7 in the morning. Out of her three children only the two boys are in school. The girl, Xiomara, who is 17 years old, doesn't, and has been working with Gilma selling tortillas since she was very young. This is because their financial situation was desperate and Gilma had no other option than to show her daughter her skills to help them improve their living conditions.

The loan will be invested in the purchase of corn, wood and other products for the preparation of tortillas. With the money she will also buy her son Gerson a pair of glasses because he has sight problems. The loan will enable her to store raw materials for her tortillas and her son to see well and perform better at school; sometimes he feels sad because he can't see what's on the blackboard. She hopes that her business will grow and give better profits and that her son Gerson will find the motivation to continue to study.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alba Sort

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