A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase ingredients such as sugar, cooking oil, corn and firewood in wholesale.

Maura Del Carmen's story

Maura is 52 years old and she is originally from the municipality of Condega, near the city of Esteli. She is married and she has three children who are already married. She sells tortillas and caramels to support her. From an early age she started to work so she was not able to go to school, completing only grade 6 in primary school. Previously she worked in the villages SOS where she took care of children during 2 years. Later she set up a food stand from where she sold chicken, soft drinks, and sweets. She started this business in partnership with a close friend. That business lasted only 6 years and she was forced to abandon it because the rent and the hydro prices increased and they were no longer making money. She set up another food stand in a school named Emau-Esteli. She was there for four years but she abandoned it because the school no longer permitted sales.

Today she sells tortillas and caramels, a business that her children help her to form the tortillas by hand. She has three years in the business. She also receives support from her husband who lives in Costa Rica. He was forced to immigrate to that country for the lack of work seen today.

She requests a loan to purchase corn, sugar, firewood, and cooking oil in wholesale. This will help her purchase ingredients at a better price, increase her clientele, and fill the various orders she has for tortillas.

Once she has cancelled this loan she would like to keep on working with future loans to invest in a new business, selling clothing, shoes, and cosmetics. Her goal is to have a store well stocked with these products. Another one of her dream is to invest in the purchase of new appliances that will help her produce a better quality product and to generate employment, to give others a chance to work.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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