A loan of $2,275 helped to improve her food processing business.

Diana's story

Diana is a friendly woman, always in good humor. Her mother says that she takes after her father. Diana, 28, tells us that she and her husband, Ruben, have three school-aged children. She operates a business milling nixtamal. (Nixtamal is a cooked maize preparation that provides the base for tortillas.) She says, "I got the idea for the business when my husband's cousin was laid off from the nixtamal mill where he used to work . . . I decided to put up the money so that we could start our own mill". The business is seven-years old now. Diana says that she likes the business and has learned a lot about it over the years. She never imagined that it would be so successful, but she's very happy that it is. She travels out to sell product from the mill but many come to her because her customers have referred them to her. For the future, Diana wants her children to study for professional careers. She says that her children are very smart and she is sure they will do very well if they have the chance to continue studying. Diana is grateful to the institution because she has been able to invest past loans in growing her milling business.

*Diana is pictured in her parent's store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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