A loan of $600 helped to purchase beauty products and ingredients for making tamales: chicken, corn, tomatoes, spices, and propane gas.

Maria Clelia's story

Maria Clelia, age 39, lives with her husband and their young daughter in the home of a family member in an urban area. The relation has allowed them to live there for free and only requires them to keep the place up. This is a great help and they have lived this way for several years. Maria Clelia has taken advantage of living in this highly commercial zone in making rich chicken tamales in her home. This has set her apart in the area for over ten years. Clelia has recently started selling beauty products from various well-known brands through a catalogue. This versatile woman still has time to take care of her daughter. She puts a lot of effort every weekend into making her rich tamales. She buys the fresh ingredients very early in the morning so that she can have the tamales ready to sell in the streets. She sells them herself in areas close to her home. From Monday to Friday she focuses on her regular duties as a housewife. She also visits potential clients for her cosmetics, which normally incluD.: lotions, creams, shampoos and other beauty products. This cosmetics business has given Clelia an important opportunity to obtain more income and help out with the household costs. For this reason, she has decided to request a loan from INTEGRAL. With it, she will be able to buy a greater quantity of beauty products which her clients are requesting, as well as ingredients for making tamales: chicken, corn, tomatoes, spices, and propane gas. She hopes to be able to count on this important assistance and to continue helping to support her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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