A loan of $400 helped to buy a griddle to make pupusas.

Demetria's story

Mrs. Demetria is 57, married, and has one child.

For over 15 years, she has sold tortillas. Before this she harvested coffee and did housework. She learned this work from her mother, but she had never sold tortillas until her husband lost his job. She wanted to find a way to help out, and when she saw that selling tortillas was profitable, she started to work more.

She buys the corn, which is a basic, fundamental ingredient for making the tortillas, from a store in the city. She buys it wholesale, because it is cheaper, and after buying it from the store she pays to have it delivered to her home. The truck takes 10 to 15 minutes to arrive, and leaves the corn 500 metres from her home. She carries the corn on her back to her home.

Demetria is requesting a loan from Fundacion Campo for the purchase of a griddle, because she wants to sell pupusas [a thick corn tortilla stuffed with cheese, fried pork rind, chicken, or refried beans]. With this investment, she will have a new work tool with which to make an income for her family. Where she lives, there is no competition in selling pupusas; this is an advantage, and she will have a good demand for her product.

Demetria plans to keep working selling pupusas. She wants to have a bigger home for her husband and their other family members.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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