A loan of $1,700 helped to buy a motorcycle to carry "arepas" (corn tortillas).

María Teresa's story

María is a 43-year old woman and mother of two minor children, whom she watches over with an aim to provide them with a better quality of life. She lives in a small lane and does domestic work in a plantation. Three years ago, her boss lent a piece of land to her so that she could cultivate and earn some extra money. María seized this opportunity to increase her income and decided to cultivate onions. Her biggest challenge have been selling prices, which are very unstable and occasionally don't have a good return. Given to this uncertainty, she has decided to pursue another activity: to make "arepas" (corn tortillas), sell them to her neighbors and distribute them within the urban area.

Her biggest dream is to have access to a larger plot, cultivate large scale and obtain a higher income. This would allow her to provide her two children with a good education. She also seeks to increase her production and sales of arepas. She plans to use the requested loan to buy a motorcycle to carry the arepas to the town, a grill, raw materials, and fertilizer and irrigation supplies for the onion crop.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Alcaina

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