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Maria Ines
María Inés, 64, lives with her children and daughter-in-law in her own house. She’s owned a pupusa [filled, grilled corncake] shop for several years now and has gained quite a bit of experience making and selling them thanks to which her profits are the best. She sells from home and is well-known throughout the community because she makes the most delicious pupusas. Besides customers prefer her because of the quality, food prices and excellent service.

María is a woman who is dedicated to her work; she’s energetic and very tenacious. Day to day she strives to have a better future. Her greatest secret is her effort and love of work. She knows that this is the only way to attain the success she so desires.

In recent weeks demand has increased and she wants to take advantage of this to make a new investment but lacks sufficient capital to do so which is why she’s asking Integral for a loan to buy string cheese, pork, basic grains, vegetables, etc. María Inés has good payment references and is very responsible. She assures that she will be able to repay the loan while at the same time has the hope that she will provide her family with improved quality of life.
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María Inés de sesenta y cuatro años de edad vive junto a sus hijos y su nuera en casa propia; ella posee una pupusería desde hace ya varios años y se ha hecho de mucha experiencia en la elaboración y venta, gracias a eso tiene las mejores ganancias, comercia desde su residencia y es muy conocida en toda la comunidad pues prepara las pupusas mas exquisitas, además los clientes la prefieren por la calidad, los buenos precios y el excelente servicio; María es una mujer dedicada a su labor, enérgica y muy luchadora, día a día se esfuerza por obtener un futuro mejor, su mas grande secreto es el esfuerzo y el amor a su trabajo sabe que solo así alcanzara el éxito que tanto que desea; en las ultimas semanas aumento la demanda y quiere aprovechar para realizar una nueva inversión pero no posee de suficiente capital por eso le solicita a INTEGRAL un crédito que le permita comprar quesillo, chicharrón, granos básicos, verduras, etc. María Inés tiene buenas referencias de pago y es muy responsable, asegura que podrá saldar la deuda y a la vez tiene la esperanza que le dará a su familia una mejor calidad de vida.

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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
  • 441
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $31,312,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $300 helped Maria Ines to buy string cheese, fried pork, basic grains and vegetables.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 24, 2012
Oct 15, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2013