A loan of $425 helped have business capital and to buy the ingredients needed to make quesillos (cheese tortillas).

Maria Eugenia's story

María Eugenia is a married, 32-year-old mother of a 14-year-old boy. She originates from the Nagarote municipality, which is located in the occidental area of the country. A highlight of Nagarote is that it was declared the cleanest municipality at the department level. It’s also famous for its local food, like “quesillo” (cheese tortillas), tiste (cocoa and corn drink) and crafts. María Eugenia sells quesillos, which are some of the typical foods of this area and are made from tortillas, onions, cream and chillies. The routine of this hard-working woman is to get up every day and go out and sell these quesillos by foot, with about 40kg of weight on her head, under the hot sun. This has been her daily life to raise her son and help with the household expenses.
María Eugenia is requesting a loan in order to have business capital and to buy the ingredients for her quesillos, like tortillas, onions, cream, chilli, cheese. She is grateful for the help the Kiva investors give those with limited recourses and poor countries like Nicaragua in order to have sources of dignified work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Beatriz Yuste

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