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María Del Carmen
María del Carmen is 42, and lives in her own house with her family; which consists of her life partner and her three school-age children. María is an enterprising woman, who is full of many business ideas.

Several years ago, she managed to set up a small pupusería (pupusas are corn tortillas stuffed with cheese, beans, and pork, then grilled), which has helped her support her family.

She is a hard-working woman, responsible, and above all full of friendliness toward her customers. That's the reason why every day they prefer her more; since when it comes to pupusas, María has the best ones, and at the most affordable prices.

Her dream is to see her business flourish. That's why she has decided to apply to Integral for this loan, in order to buy the necessary ingredients (corn, rice, beans, pork, etc.) that allow her to sell a greater quantity of her varied and delicious pupusas to her customers. She hopes that in this way, her financial situation, and that of her family improves.
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María del Carmen de 42 años de edad, habita en casa propia junto con su grupo familiar el cual está conformado por su compañero de vida y sus tres hijos los cuales se encuentran estudiando. María es una mujer emprendedora llena de muchas ideas de negocio. Hace ya varios años logro establecer una pequeña pupuseria la cual le ha ayudado a sacar adelante a su familia. Ella es una mujer trabajadora, responsable pero sobre todo llena de amabilidad para los clientes razón por la cual cada día la prefieren más ya que cuando de pupusas se trata María tiene las mejores y a los precios más accesibles. Su sueño es ver florecer su negocio razón por la cual ha tomado la decisión de solicitar este crédito a INTEGRAL para invertir en la materia prima necesaria (maíz, arroz, frijoles, queso, chicharon, etc.) que le permitan ofrecer una mayor cantidad de sus ricas y variadas pupusas a los clientes. Espera que de esta manera su situación económica y la de su familia mejoren.

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About Apoyo Integral

Apoyo Integral (Apoyo) is a nonprofit organization offering financial products that enable clients to increase their working capital, purchase fixed assets, buy and remodel homes, expand agricultural business and more. The organization’s target group is businessmen and women who have already established their businesses but need financial support to strengthen or expand them.

Like Kiva, Apoyo is committed to empowering women involved in business activities in rural areas. Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to expand these services to an even greater number of poor clients in rural areas.

About El Salvador

  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 498
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $31,360,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped María Del Carmen to buy corn, rice, beans, cheese, pork, etc.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
27 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 19, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 16, 2012