A loan of $500 helped to buy more supplies such as flour, eggs, sugar, 'piloncillo' (unrefined cane sugar), butter, bicarbonate, dyes, cinnamon, yeast, firewood, etc.

Margarita's story

Margarita is 78 years old and married to Armando who is an agricultural worker. They have five children but only their youngest is still studying. Ana Erendira is in the fourth year of a law degree. The other children are all married. Margarita has been making and selling bread for more than 30 years.

Margarita tells us that she decided to start working in this business because her mother was in the same business and she taught her very well so that she could support her husband a little with the household expenses and help pay for their children's education. She has also managed to improve her financial situation and her quality of life.

Margarita invested the loan that she received in buying more supplies for making bread such as flour, eggs, sugar, 'piloncillo' (unrefined whole cane sugar), butter, bicarbonate, dyes, cinnamon, yeast, firewood, etc. She says that one of the goals she has for her business is to grow it a lot as she would like to build premises for her bakery so that she can improve and increase her profits and continue supporting her daughter in her studies so that she can finish her degree.

Margarita is very grateful to Fundación Realidad and Kiva lenders for all the support that they give her because it has meant that she now has a better business and a better standard of living.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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