A loan of $450 helped to buy 5 loads of wood in order to make griddles and 200 pounds of corn to make tortillas.

Ofelia Isabel's story

Ofelia is 33 years old and is married with 3 children.

She makes handicrafts for a living and has done so since the age of 7. Together with her husband they work in the making of griddles (they serve to make tortillas). Ofelia is the hardest working in this activity, as her husband already works in construction and in agriculture.

Ofelia is making two loads of griddles; each load has 16 normal griddles. These will be for sale. On Sundays she sells tortillas maD. to order. She has practiced this traD. for more than 10 years. For the sale of the griddles, she can sell them right in her community and also she goes out to sell to the municipal market of a city in the east of the country, where she sells especially on Saturdays.

In order to make the griddles, she needs clay, white sand and wood. In order to get it she walks 30 minutes to where they sell the clay, the large container costing $0.10 centavos; the white sand she finds in a hill located in the same place where she lives; the wood is commissioned by cartload that costs $50.00 USD. This is the biggest cost for the making of the griddles.

Ofelia is requesting a loan to buy 5 loads of wood at once, in order to work less tightly with her money and to buy 200 pounds of corn for the sale of the month. With this investment, she will order sufficient raw materials for the making of her griddles and tortillas. In this way Ofelia will have more income and availability of her raw materials. This will significantly improve her business.

With the income that the sale of griddles generates, she plans to make an over in her own house, since she is now using her mother’s. Also she wants her children to continue to study.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Erin Yamaoka

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