A loan of $400 helped to invest in working capital and to buy the primary materials needed for making tortillas such as corn, firewood, gas, lime, plastic bags and a griddle.


Elia Maria's story

Elia Maria is 70 years old and a single mother from the town of La Paz Centro, a place that is located in the western part of the country. La Paz Centro is characterized by its typical food for the region such as “quesillo” [stuffed tortilla] and “tiste” [a drink made from cacao and corn]. She earns a living by selling tortillas and beans in her house, which she has been doing for 42 years and it is an activity that she performs with pleasure because up until now she has been able to perform it and it has been a source of work for her and her family. Elia Maria is characterized as being a responsible, hard-working and well-mannered person. With the previous loans she has demonstrated her responsibility by paying on time. The purpose of this loan is to invest in working capital to buy the primary materials needed for making tortillas, such as corn, firewood, a griddle, plastic bags, gas, and lime. Elia Maria appreciates the help that the Kiva investors provide to people with scarce resources and poor countries like Nicaragua in order to have sources of dignified work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mallie Al-Khafaji



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