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Ester is 22 years old, is a young entrepreneur and is dedicated to her home. She lives together with her husband and two young children. Ester works making tamales made with meat and corn. This is a very typical dish in her country and she has many regular clients since tamales can be eaten for breakfast or for dinner. She makes the tamales in her home, selling a small quantity right from her home and selling another part in different neighborhoods. With the goal of increasing her sales and improving her earnings, Ester is asking for a loan in order to buy a larger amount of raw materials like corn, chicken, vegetables, and banana leaves for wrapping tamales as well as firewood for cooking. Ester is a very positive person who fights for the hope of being able to give her family a better quality of life.
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Ester de 22 años de edad, es una joven emprendedora y dedicada a su hogar. Vive junto a su esposo y dos pequeños hijo menores de edad. Ester se dedica a la elaboración de tamales de carne y de elote, este es un platillo muy típico de este país y cuenta con varios clientes ya que los tamales pueden comerse para desayuno o para cena. Ella elabora los tamales en su casa de habitación vendiendo una pequeña cantidad ahí mismo y vendiendo otra parte en diferentes colonias. Con el deseo de mejorar su venta y ampliar sus ganancias, Ester solicita un préstamo por medio del cual pueda comprar mayor cantidad de materia prima como: maíz, pollo, verduras, hojas de plátano para envolver los tamales y leña para cocinarlos. Ella es una persona muy positiva quien lucha por la esperanza de poder vivir mejor con su familia.

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About Apoyo Integral

Apoyo Integral (Apoyo) is a nonprofit organization offering financial products that enable clients to increase their working capital, purchase fixed assets, buy and remodel homes, expand agricultural business and more. The organization’s target group is businessmen and women who have already established their businesses but need financial support to strengthen or expand them.

Like Kiva, Apoyo is committed to empowering women involved in business activities in rural areas. Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to expand these services to an even greater number of poor clients in rural areas.

About El Salvador

  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 701
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $29,661,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $300 helped Ester to purchase corn, chicken, and vegetables in order to make tamales.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 3, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 15, 2013