A loan of $450 helped to buy corn for making soft corn tortillas.

Alba Nellys's story

Alba lives in San Pablo, a community of San Rafael, Nicaragua. She is married, 35 years old, and has two children, of whom one is in school and the other is a little girl who is just one year old. Her husband has a regular job working for a company as a security guard.

Alba is involved in the creation and sales of soft tortillas. When she was very young, she began making tortillas in the mill where her aunt lived. A regular day for Alba is one where she gets up at five in the morning to make food for her husband before he goes to work in the morning. She then takes care of her children before beginning to prepare the corn which she will later use to make her tortillas. She makes between a hundred and one hundred and seventy tortillas each day and her customers come to buy them at her home.

The loan she is asking for will be for buying corn in bulk quantities while the prices are lowest and housing the corn so as to always have enough to make her tortillas. If a part of her loan money is left over, she will use a small part of it for her daughter's first birthday to celebrate with a small piñata along with her family and the neighbor children.

Alba didn't have a house of her own and was previously forced to rent, but with the previous loans she has been granted, and the bit more income from her business, and the income her husband brings in, they have been able to buy a parcel of land and have their own house.

Her greatest dream is to make a kitchen for herself and to have enough for her children's schooling.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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