A loan of $400 helped to buy arepa making ingredients.

Aurora De Jesus's story

Aurora is a person who has worked most of her life because she comes from a family of few economic resources. Aurora, 58, is married and the mother of a 22-year-old son who she dreams with providing a university education for. Aurora has been making “arepas” [corn cakes] for about five years, an activity that allows her to contribute to household income. The arepas Aurora makes are known for being of very good quality and thanks to this she has very good customer orders. Aurora has had very good orders some of them so good, in fact, that she does not have the production capacity to fill them which is why she’s hoping for a loan to increase her productive capacity. Aiming at making arepas to fill a very large customer order, she’s seeking a loan that will make it possible for her to buy the ingredients, especially corn, needed to make her arepas.

Aurora hopes that with the income her business is generating she’ll be able to buy a second oven to produce still more arepas and fill larger customer orders. Aurora dreams that she, her husband and her son will have a better quality of life and economic stability. In addition, Aurora wants to make her son’s dream of accessing higher education come true.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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