A loan of $1,075 helped a member to buy firewood and Maseca [brand of instant corn masa mix].

Buenos Aires Group's story

Amenecia is a member and coordinator of the Buenos Aires communal bank. She makes and sells tortillas. She is a single mother of seven children, and lives with her family in the Jesús neighbourhood of the Juticalpa municipality.

Mrs. Amenecia began working for a living at a young age. She worked as a maid, but one day she got tired of working so much for other people, so she decided to open her own business. For several years now she has made and sold tortillas. She has a small tortilla shop which she and her four employees tend to from 4:00 am to 2:00 pm. She has a good customer base who start arriving to buy tortillas around 5:00 am. Unfortunately, the rent for her store is very high and almost all of her earnings go toward paying it.

Amenecia needs this loan of ten thousand lempiras to invest in the purchase of maseca [a popular brand of instant corn masa mix] and firewood. With the support of this loan, she will be able to continue having a source of income for her family and her employees.

Amenecia's goals are to have her own home as well as her own store for her tortilla shop. She has worked with FAMA loans for five years and has payed off her quotas punctually. These loans have helped her to improve her living conditions and her business has grown.

In this group: Amenecia Doralina, Abade Guadalupe, Mirian Yaneth

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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