A loan of $1,000 helped to buy supplies for her food business.

Yamileth Del Carmen's story

Yamilet, 29, is the mother of three sons. She operates a food business, making and selling tortillas and pupusas. She operates the business from a spot on the city's main street. During the week, she works from 6:00 in the morning until 2:00 in the afternoon. On weekends, she operates a corner grocery from a space in her house. She is a woman of strong principles, enterprising and hard-working.

She buys the basic ingredients that she needs to make tortillas and pupusas at a market just four blocks from her business. In addition to the basic ingredients she needs to make the food she sells, she needs gas canisters for firing her oven, gas that she buys from a local distributor who can deliver the canisters to her.

Yamilet will use part of this loan to cover the costs of making tortillas for one month: 6 quintales--300 kilos?--of maize, (the required deposit for) 9 gas canisters and a "silo" for storing the maize. She will use the rest to cover the costs of making pupusas: 4 pounds of crackling, 4 pounds of cheese, etc.

The investment, then, will pay for everything she needs to make tortillas for one month (even during times when maize is hard to find) and a "granero" (not sure, but some kind of appropriate space for storing maize).

Yamilet says that the investment will allow her to increase her output and meet the strong demand for her products.

Yamilet rents a house now and says that she wants to buy a lot where she can build a house one day. The business is her means for earning enough money to make that happen.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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