A loan of $1,175 helped to buy flour, sugar, milk, firewood and yeast.

Hitolipo's story

Hipólito lives in the community of Guadalupe Coté, a community noted for being on the top of a hill where large trees abound. Hipólito is 45 years old and married to Juana. He still has four children who depend on them and their 13 year old daughter is still attending school. Hipólito and his family work baking bread to sell. He’s asked for the loan to buy flour, milk, yeast and firewood because although he lives in a place where trees abound he cannot cut the trees down and firewood must be brought from another state.

He described to us how he makes the bread: “First I knead the dough until it’s shaped to make bread. Then I separate the dough into 120 gram portions for each piece of bread. In another spot the bread is shaped usually into rounds but I also choose which will be made: small, large and medium. Once formed they pass into the wood-burning oven where I have to be watchful and very careful while they are baking turning them over and over again so that they don’t burn.”

Hipólito has been baking mountain bread for a long time. He learned from his grandfather when he was 8 years old and when he turned 15 he started his own business. “The problem I face is that often resources are lacking since flour is very expensive. On the other hand, we are not allowed to touch the wood and I have to bring it in from someplace else and it is super expensive that way.”

One of his goals is to have a mixer to make the bread more easily because by producing more his profits will increase.

“I am very grateful for the loan authorized by FRAC and KIVA because it’s very difficult to get loans from other financial institutions because the interest rates they charge are very high.”

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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