A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase an industrial oven.

Maria Esther's story

María has been a client for many years. At first she worked selling cosmetics by catalog from a well-known company, but for two years has been doing that business on a smaller scale. Now her bakery is her main business. She makes and sells bread, banana and orange cakes and lemon and apple pies. She sells them in her area and also to several pastry shops further south. She also makes birthday cakes to order. María and her husband are both young. They have two small children and she takes care of them while she works making her pastries. Her husband works in transportation and drives a taxi in the south. With the money from this loan María will buy an industrial oven and thus increase her cake production. María's dream is to have her own pastry shop. She shows a strong desire to get ahead and is very hard-working. She is grateful to the institution for the support they have given her.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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