A loan of $250 helped to buy corn cobs, firewood and sugar.

Maria Ancelma's story

María is 59 years of age, married, and mother to nine children. She works in retail, selling tamales, corn cobs and maize pancakes, and has done so for the past 20 years. She did not go to school, but she did learn how to read and write.

María is originally from La Concordia in the Jinotega area, to the north of Estelí, and she used to run a grocery store. However, she decided to start up her own business, and began selling corn cobs, sweet tamales and “güirilas” (pancakes made using sweet maize). This business helps her to provide food for her children. María works on the street and leaves home early each day, working on the nearby streets where she sells her corn-based products.

María has requested this loan to buy corn cobs, firewood, and sugar, which are some of the raw materials she needs to make the products she sells. One of her plans for the future is to have a small corn cob sale business in the city center, and right now she is working hard to pay for her youngest son’s studies.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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