A loan of $300 helped to buy plastic bags, tamales, rice and pork rinds.

Damaris De Los Ángeles's story

Damaris lives in the city of Masaya. Masaya is a Nicaraguan city with a lot of human warmth whose people maintain their traditions. It is the birthplace of artisans. Damaris is 34 years old and her nuclear family has four members: herself, her husband and her two dependent children.

Damaris' business is selling fried pork, tamales, 'cabeza de chancho' (a stew made from all the parts of a pig), 'moronga' (blood sausage) and pepena (cooked pork fat). She prepares all of these dishes herself. Damaris has owned her own business for two and a half years. She says that she started the business with her own capital which she and her husband had saved up. As she needed to make more income for her household, she decided to contribute toward her family's upkeep by setting up a fried food business in her own home. She sells traditional food made from different parts of the pig and her customers are her neighbors and passersby. She buys the ingredients she needs from the town market.

Right now, Damaris needs to invest in her business so that she can prepare her food in larger quantities and thereby satisfy her customer demand which currently exceeds what she is able to produce. She is making all this effort as she wants to be a productive person who contributes toward improving her family's well-being.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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