A loan of $1,100 helped buy supplies and raw materials wholesale.

Maria Arinda's story

We went to visit Maria and she told us that the investment of her Kiva loan in her business steadied her tamale production, and with it she was able to increase her sales and likewise increase the number of customers. She brought her family together and with her profits she was able to make repairs to her home, since it didn't have concrete floors. She built walls and a roof, which in the future will serve as a base to make a second floor.

Once these adaptations had been made, she could have her business in her own home and she stopped paying rent and this makes her feel very happy. Her current sales average 150 to 200 tamales. Her customers ask for more every day and she has a sales potential which she would like to approach, but her working capital does not yet permit it. For this reason she is thinking that with a new Kiva loan she will do it little by little. She says it will be new aid, to continue with the expansion of her business in the marketplace and to help with the fulfillment of her customers' orders which have not yet gotten her response.

With her Kiva loan she will buy supplies and raw materials wholesale. She wants to achieve her goal of business growth, which she dreams of. Her message to those who provide financing through Kiva is this: "I want to thank you for the vote of confidence, your support, and the help in fulfilling my dream of working as an independent person. In this moment you are participants in this dream and with your help I will have the opportunity to go forward and become a great producer of tamales. Thank you, through this noble work I have brought my family forward, offering them a better quality of Life. Thank you."

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tamara Hellgren

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