A loan of $1,000 helped to buy pepper, cinnamon, achiote, staples and cardboard.

María Carmelina's story

María Carmelina, 44 years old, lives with her husband and their four children. She sells spices, pepper, cinnamon, achiote (seeds of the annatto tree used for their coloring effect or as seasoning in food), and other products. Recently, demand for her products has increased, since her customers like to flavor their food with high quality spices that are sold at accessible prices with unique service.

María is a hard-working woman who is always ready for opportunities. She wants to succeed and for that reason her biggest secret is the constancy and love of her work, so she has decided to ask INTEGRAL for credit that will allow her to buy pepper, cinnamon, achiote, staples, cardboard, etc. María Carmelina has confidence that this way she will succeed in giving her family a full life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Wong

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