A loan of $1,175 helped to buy ingredients and to repair her bicycle.

Maria Ester's story

María, 32, is married and has three children; she lives with her family in a neighborhood in San Pedro Sula.

María’s economic activity is making and selling fried plantain slices. She sells them packed in bags and by the bundle from place to place to grocery stores or any other local business. She started this business ten years ago aiming at earning income of her own that would make it easier for her to grow economically. Previous loans allowed her to increase sales which is why she starts work very early making her product in order to go out and sell it later.

She’s asking ODEF for a 22,000 lempira loan that will help her stock up on ingredients she needs to make the fried plantain slices (plantain, oil, bags, staples, cardboard, salt, etc.). She will use another part of it to repair a bicycle to use as a means of transport to distribute her product making her sales quicker and easier.

Her goal is to continue investing so that her inventory will grow and to move her children forward facilitating their schooling and giving them the necessary resources.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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