A loan of $650 helped to buy corn, cheese, sugar, butter, etc.

Alejandrina's story

Alejandrina is 52 years old, and has a business. She has two daughters and five sons, and is married. She lives in La Aldea de La Concepcion, in the municipality of Juticalpa.

Alejandrina has been making and selling doughnuts and quesadillas for more than 15 years. She learned this trade because she worked with a neighbor making the same products, and also learned thanks to several bakery courses she took at the Instituto Nacional de Formacion Profesional (INFOP).

Her business is located in her home, and still has no name. Her work schedule starts at 4:00 am, and she works with her two daughters. They help her to prepare the dough, and then spend the time it takes for the products to be in the oven. Once she takes the product out of the oven, she places it in a plastic container, and takes it to sell door-to-door to homes and businesses. She thinks that her major advantage is that her products have a special flavor, and that additionally she is a friendly person who gets on well with other people and this helps her to make sales.

Her dream is to have premises in the town center, even if they are small, so that she no longer has to sell by foot and so can have an easier life, as she has diabetes and is still undergoing medical treatment. Every time she returns to her home after finishing her daily work, she feels resentful of her health.

The loan that Alejandrina is requesting is needed by her to buy corn, cheese, sugar, butter and other ingredients to make doughnuts and quesadillas. With the help of this loan, she will be able to generate earnings and cover her medical costs. She will also help her husband with the financial upkeep of the household, as he works in agriculture and has little income. She also would like to make improvements to her home.

Alejandrina has had several years receiving support through FAMA through the provision of loans, which she has punctually paid back and which have helped her to keep her active business going and to improve her home.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack

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