A loan of $600 helped to buy supplies to make tortillas, such as corn flour and firewood, and to invest in changing the roof in the area in which she prepares her tortillas.

Maria Santos's story

Maria is 62 years of age. She is a single mother and has four children, who are all adults. She lives with two of them in a neighborhood in the city of San Pedro Sula.

Maria started her business preparing and selling tortillas 10 years ago. She decided to start selling tortillas because she wanted to have her own business, one which would generate income for her to support her family. She has her own customer base, as she is very well-known in the area. She works every day from early in the morning, so that she can meet her customers’ needs.

Maria is very grateful to Odef for giving her the opportunity to access the loans she has been given until now, which have helped her greatly in getting ahead. She is asking for her 11th loan of 11,000 Honduran Lempiras to buy the supplies she needs to make tortillas, such as corn flour and firewood, as well as to fix the roof in the area where she prepared the tortillas. This is because she cannot work during the winter time as the room gets wet.

Maria’s goal is to work hard to continue improving the quality of life of her family, as well as to help one of her children to continue with his education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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