A loan of $500 helped to buy maize (corn) and lime.

Doris Elizabeth's story

Doris Elizabeth N. R. is 43 years old and lives in the state of San Salvador, with her parents, brother and four children: Norma, Gabreila, Berenice and Francisco, who are economically dependent on Doris. For more than 15 years she has made tortillas, in an area located above one of the principal streets in the capital of El Salvador, known as Alameda Juan Pablo Segundo. She makes the tortillas both at noon and in the afternoon, which guarantees a lot of customers and high sales. This is very important to her, as it is her only form of income since she is a single mother. For this reason, she is asking for a loan to purchase maize (corn) and lime to significantly improve her sales.

Maize and lime prices have recently risen. Lime, an ingredient that is used to cook the maize, is put into the fire along with the maize. The proportion that is used depends on if the maize is being used for tortillas or for delicious traditional tamales. Thanks to the lime, the maize sheds its shell, and is cleaned. Without the use of lime, Doris would have very grainy tortillas, and her sales would be greatly diminished.

One of Doris's biggest hopes is to help her business to grow and she is sure that with this loan she will be able to make this happen so that her family can live better.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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