A loan of $800 helped to buy a corn mill.

Maria Teresa's story

María Teresa, 47, lives in San Miguel. She runs a grocery store and sells pupusas (typical Salvadoran fast-food). She lives with her two children who are 17 and 24 years of age.

Her mother started the business 30 years ago. At that time, María Teresa was very young but she learned the pupusa making procedure perfectly. She also learned how to run the store. These businesses are now her source of income since she now is in charge of them.

At the moment she has a new initiative which is to buy a nixtamal (corn to make tortillas and pupusas) mill thus providing a new service to her customers. To carry out this investment she is asking for a loan to use partly to buy the mill and partly to buy stock items for the store. The above mentioned investment will allow her to acquire more customers through the new service she will proviD..

Her wishes with respect to the loan are to make a good investment, that her business plans work out well and that she will be able to stay in business for a long time earning abundant profits to help her children become successful professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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