A loan of $650 helped to buy corn.

Lucila's story

Lucila, age 51, lives in Gracias, Lempira. It is one of the poorest departments in Honduras. She has four children, ages 20, 21, 29, and 35. She now lives with the two youngest. Lucila is a single mother and a very hard-worker. She has always tried to get her family ahead.

Two and a half years ago Lucila started her business of making and selling corn tortillas. Seeing that there was no tortilla business in the community, she took advantage of that fact to start one. She requested a loan for 5,000 lempiras from ODEF in order to start her tortilla business.

She managed her payments for her first loan well. Then she requested two more loans. Now she is requesting her fourth loan with ODEF to buy corn. It is the main ingredient she uses to make the tortillas.

Lucila works hard for 12 hours a day making tortillas to satisfy her customers’ demand. She hopes that her business continues growing in order to be able to invest her earnings in her minor children’s education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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