A loan of $550 helped to buy raw materials (corn, lime powder and firewood) and vegetables.

María Esther's story

María, 38, lives in a common law relationship with her husband; they have two children (12 and 9 years old) and live in the rural community of La Cosmul in San Pedro Sula, Cortés.

María is a corn tortilla merchant and also sells vegetables in small scale. Her husband’s a driver. Her two children are in elementary school and they help their mother in their free time.

She started the business four years ago; she used to have a salaried job but decided to become economically independent to provide income for her home.

She has requested her first loan that she plans to use to buy raw materials to make the tortillas (corn, lime powder and firewood). She hopes in the short run to use her profits to go into food sales business

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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