A loan of $400 helped to buy corn and twine in larger volume.

Isabel Cristina's story

Isabel, 58, works making dough, corn water or ‘chicha’ and making bread rolls or dough items from corn and wrapped in corn leaves tied with twine. She lives in the municipality of Soledad with her spouse and has three children whose ages range between 28 and 31. Isabel started her business four years ago taking advantage of the fact that her neighbor was in the same kind of business and moved away leaving his customer base's needs unmet. She took advantage of this juncture and decided to go into this activity and has done very well with it and has managed to grow. Her main customers are stores in her neighborhood and in other sectors as well as housewives and neighbors who are aware of the quality way she works with products derived from delicious, natural corn. She sells at wholesale and retail. Isabel dreams with expanding and is preparing day to day to accomplish it but her working capital is insufficient to reach this dream of prosperity which is why she’s calling on a Kiva loan, her first financing with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to buy corn and twine in larger amounts. With her Kiva loan she will start off on the road to try new markets and increase productive possibilities that she hopes will lead to her moving forward with her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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