A loan of $525 helped to buy corn, firewood, lime and beans.


Guadalupe Del Rosario's story

Guadalupe is an unassuming 56 year-old woman who is humble, cheerful and hardworking. She is the single mother of 5 children, and she works in one of the most common but productive trades in the city of Leon - as a tortilla-maker. Although she is a native of Masatepe, Carazo, she has been living in Leon for 37 years. She regrets very much that she was not able to get an education, but her parents did not have economic resources and she had to start working when she was very young. She also migrated to cities other than her own in search of a better standard of living. She worked very hard for a long time as a domestic, but at age 47 she decided to start her own tortilla business. With an old tin pan, 2 bundles of firewood and a pound of corn, she started her humble business. Now she has been working in her tortilla business for 8 years; she makes the tortillas and sells them in her neighborhood. Most of her customers are housewives who, from the early hours, await the opening of her business so that they can have her warm and recently made corn tortillas for breakfast.

Guadalupe is taking this loan to buy corn, firewood, lime and beans. These are the raw materials that she uses to make and sell her delicious tortillas. One of her plans is to gradually make improvements to her house and to the kitchen where she makes the tortillas and cooked beans that she sells.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar


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