A loan of $1,200 helped to buy cheese, beans, corn, rice and chicharon (pork cracklings).

María Ángela's story

María Ángela is 31 years old. She lives in her own house with her family which includes her husband and 5 children, three of which are in school. María Ángela is known for being a woman entrepreneur who is dedicated to her work. Four years ago she decided to open a pupuseria (a stand selling stuffed tortillas called pupusas) in her home as her husband’s income was not enough to cover the household expenses.

Her business has a good location as she is on one of the main streets of the neighborhood where she lives. This has helped her because many people stop by to ask for her delicious pupusas.

For her the most important thing is her family, and this is why each morning she gets up very early in order to start working in able to help a little with the household expenses, and each day is more difficult.

She is very enterprising and does not let any business opportunity escape, and this is why at the holiday season she wants to take advantage of offering more choices to her clients as during this time the sales always increase. It is for this reason that she has taken the decision of asking for a loan from Integral in order to invest in her business to buy the basic supplies that she needs, such as cheese, beans, rice, chicharon (pork cracklings), and others, in order to be able to give a better service to her customers, increasing her earnings which permit her to have a better opportunity to succeed. She is very thankful to the institution and in the past trusted in it for a loan in order to invest in her business and she is waiting for favorable results with this new loan because without the help of Integral none of this would be possible.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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