A loan of $1,450 helped to buy flour, oil, sugar, pans, yeast, and shortening.

Maria Nicolasa's story

María, 28, is a modest merchant who makes a living making and selling bread. She's married and the mother of five children. Because of the poverty in which she was raised, she only finished elementary school. This is why she doesn't want her children to have the same future.

She started her small business at the age of 19. She needed a means of support to be independent and generate an income for herself. Her beginning was very difficult. She started the difficult task of selling bread with very few resources, only her wood-burning stove, two pans, a quintal of flour, and her humble hands.

Currently she and her husband have managed to keep the business stable. She sells on foot, relying on bicycles to go out and sell the piping hot bread, ready for her customers' breakfasts.

Her hope is that her business will grow and she'll be able to employ more people, to offer a variety of baked goods. She needs the loan to buy flour, oil, sugar, pans, yeast, and shortening.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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