A loan of $325 helped to buy ingredients to make tamales and to buy fabric to make tablecloths and napkins to sell.

Bernarda Lourdes's story

Bernarda, 60, is single due to widowhood. She has three children who are 36, 32 and 31 years old who are all now independent and work and contribute to the household. She lives in a neighborhood in San Pedro Sula, Cortes.

For the last five years Bernarda has been in business selling tamales. She relates that since her childhood her mother taught her to work and she decided to establish it. Bernarda sells the tamales in an ambulatory fashion in the neighborhood and adjacent neighborhoods. She also carries out another ability making manual crafts and sets of blankets as an extra source of household income. She states that with this business she’s been able to get ahead working every day starting very early.

She asked ODEF for a 6000 lempira loan to buy ingredients to make tamales and part of it to buy fabric. Her plan for the future is to continue working independently and that her business is able to grow so that she can earn the necessary income to repay the loans ODEF has granted her.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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