A loan of $1,200 helped to purchase 20 quintals of corn, 2 truckloads of firewood, 25 pounds of lime and a metal silo for storing the corn.


Blanca Lidia's story

Blanca is 44 years old and has three children. She has been making and selling tortillas for over 10 years. She runs this business from her home; that's where the customers come to buy the tortillas. She also has daily orders from various eateries in town. She learned this trade from her mother who was also in this line of work. This lady has already repaid a Kiva loan, and it was repaid in a timely fashion. She currently needs another loan in order to bolster her tortilla sales business. Blanca buys the supplies for making and selling the tortillas from farmers from the northern area of the country. This happens on weekends, particularly on Sunday, since this is the town's market day and there are people who seek firewood for selling. The town square where she buys the corn and the firewood is located one kilometer from her home. The loan she's requesting from Fundación Campo is to purchase 20 quintals of corn, 2 truckloads of firewood, 25 pounds of lime and a metal silo for storing the corn. By purchasing these items for making tortillas, she'll have more supplies in order to make more products. That way she'll store the grains, so that she won't lose her tortilla sales business during a time of shortage. She has plans to build a kitchen and a covered patio, since the location of the kitchen gets wet when it rains, and that bothers the customers who get wet as well.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff



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