A loan of $1,000 helped to buy ingredients for pupusas.


Maria Del Carmen's story

María, 35, lives with her family. She earns a living making and selling "pupusas" [stuffed tortillas]. She has been doing this work for many years, so she has a lot of experience and steady customers who prefer her more every day. She's known as an enterprising, responsible, and very hardworking woman. She has very good personal references because it's very important to her for her customers to be satisfied with the service they receive, because only this way will she be able to keep them happy and wanting to return to her business.

She wants to expand her business, so she decided to ask Integral for a loan to invest in buying the supplies she needs to make pupusas: beans, cheese, rice, corn, cracklings, squash, cabbage, etc.

She hopes to become a greater priority, to increase her profits and improve her quality of life and her family's.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall



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