A loan of $1,100 helped to buy flour, yeast, eggs, butter, milk and sugar.

Lissette Del Carmen's story

Lissette del Carmen is 43 years old. Her family group consists of her mom and her two sons, Carlos and Luis, who are both in school. Lissette and her mom work in a bakery which is located in their home. They have years of experience in this business and the rewards that it has created are many. Proof of this is that, although she is a single mother, Lissette has brought up her sons single handedly and also helped her mom financially, providing them with a decent home, food and education.

Like all entrepreneurs, Lissette would like to reinvest even more in her bakery since her French breads and sweet breads are becoming more and more in demand owing to their delicious flavor, texture and size, without forgetting their affordable price.

Lissette's biggest wish is to expand her business by providing her bread not only to her neighbors who come to her door to buy from her but, as it has become known over the years that her bread is very good quality, she would also like to deliver it to neighboring districts in order to generate more sales, more profits and, thereby, improve the quality of life of all her household members. She would also like her children to go to college and for this to be her inheritance to them. For this reason, she has decided to request a loan from INTEGRAL with which she can buy larger quantities of flour, yeast, eggs, butter, milk and sugar than she normally uses.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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