A loan of $1,125 helped to buy tree trunks for firewood and supplies for making gelatin and tamales.

Maria's story

María, age 44, is a responsible woman. She lives at her father’s house, which is located in the town of Ataura, with her four siblings who are all grown. María works in different business activities because she enjoys being active and developing as a person. In the mornings she sells gelatins, tamales, and chopped firewood from a room in her house that is suitable for this business. She is well-known and has established customers who eat the delicious dishes she prepares every day. María also grows corn, potatoes, and alfafa and looks after her crops with great care. The wholesale merchants come to her land during each harvest. María has 24 years of experience. During this entire time, she has learned how to save in order to acquire animals such as cows, calves, and bulls that she sells once they have matured. María has now started a job with the state in which she works on a highway project. Through the duration of her contract, she plans to save toward making improvements to the infrastructure of her shop.

María is a member of the Communal Bank “Hacienda” and is taking her third loan with MFP. She is pleased with the support she has received from everyone. In addition, she promises to be prompt with her payments. Her Communal Bank consists of responsible and supportive individuals. María will invest the money she requested in the purchase of tree trunks for making firewood. She will also buy supplies for making gelatins and tamales for her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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