A loan of $650 helped to buy corn, cheese, sugar, butter, etc.

Alejandrina's story

Alejandrina is a merchant. She has two daughters and five sons. She is married, and she lives in the La Concepcion village in the Juticalpa municipality.

Alejandrina has been making and selling doughnuts and quesadillas for more than 15 years. She learned this trade because she worked with a neighbor making the same products. She also learned thanks to several bakery courses she took at the Instituto Nacional de Formacion Profesional (INFOP).

Her business is located in her home, and still has no name. Her work schedule starts at 4:00 am, and she works with her two daughters. They help her to prepare the dough, and then spend the time it takes for the products to be in the oven. Once she takes the product out of the oven, she places it in a plastic container, and takes it to sell door-to-door to homes and businesses. She thinks that her major advantage is that her products have a special flavor, and, in addition to that, she is a friendly person who gets on well with other people. This helps her to make sales.

Her dream is to have a place in the town center, even if it is small, so that she no longer has to sell by foot and can have an easier life. She has diabetes and is still undergoing medical treatment. Every time she returns to her home after finishing her daily work, her health suffers.

The loan that Alejandrina is requesting is needed to buy corn, cheese, sugar, butter and other ingredients to make doughnuts and quesadillas. With the help of this loan, she will be able to generate earnings and cover her medical expenses. She will also help her husband with the financial upkeep of the household. He works in agriculture and has little income. She also would like to make improvements to her home.

Alejandrina has been receiving the support of loans through FAMA for several years. She has punctually paid back the loans, and they have helped her to keep her business active and to improve her home.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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