A loan of $575 helped to buy corn and firewood to make tortillas, and to buy 2 metal balconies to repair the windows of her house.

Maria Santos's story

Maria, 62, is a single mother of 4 adult children. She lives with 2 of them in a neighborhood in the city of San Pedro Sula. Maria started her own business making and selling corn tortillas 10 years ago. She decided to do this because she wanted to have a source of income to support her family. The business has done well; she now has good customers who buy from her every day.

Maria really appreciates ODEF, and now Kiva, for the financial support she's been given, because the loans she has taken have helped her to succeed and improve her quality of life. She is now requesting her 12th loan, for 11,000 Honduran lempiras. With this loan, she is going to buy corn flour and firewood so that she can continue to make tortillas. She will also buy metal balconies so that she can repair the windows of her house.

Maria's goal is to work hard so that she can continue to improve her family's quality of life, and also help one of her children with their education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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