A loan of $1,475 helped to buy supplies to make cookies.

Marta Mayra's story

Marta, 54, is single with adult children. She worked in a tax-free area and then began many years ago to work in the business of making "rosquillas" [crunchy ring-shaped cookies] and "empanaditas" [little pies]. She continued with the business that her mother left her, which helps her defray the necessary expenses.

She has invested her loans in raw materials for her business. Now, with this seventh loan, she wants to buy milk, cheese, firewood, sugar, cinnamon, butter, and margarine. She also hopes to do maintenance on her oven. It's her main source of work, but it's deteriorating and she needs to have it in good condition so she can continue making rosquillas, to make the most of her energy and desire to get ahead.

Up to now she has had no health or family problems.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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