A loan of $1,200 helped to buy corn and carry out maintenance on her mill.

Gilma Alicia's story

Gilma Alicia is thirty years old and lives with her life partner and her children in an urban zone of the country, a short distance from the capital. Her business is a nixtamal [hominy] mill, which is giving her good profits. It is used to grind corn, rice, beans, chocolate, and various flours, among other substances. She also has a tortilla business which helps her to completely cover the needs of her household. She has built up a large customer base, since she always offers the best service in her mill, and she sells the most delicious tortillas in the area at affordable prices. All of this keeps her very busy, but she says that she is compensated by having found a way to provide daily sustenance for her children. Gilma is an enterprising woman who is always ready to work. She thinks that real heroism consists in persevering more than just a moment, and she wants to persevere always. For this reason, she decided to request a loan from INTEGRAL which will allow her to buy corn on a wholesale basis, since she currently buys it retail, resulting in a price which is quite high. In addition, she would like to do some maintenance on her mill: changing the belts, buying new disks, and renewing some parts which have been worn down by use, so that she can maintain her business. Gilma Alicia is confident that in this way she will be able to give her family a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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