A loan of $1,000 helped to buy 8 quintals of corn and 10 gas cylinders. All of the materials that she will buy will be used in the production of tortillas for a month. To make pupusas on weekends she will buy 4 pounds of pork rinds and 4 pounds of soft cheese. She will also use the new loan to make the payments on her current loan.


Yamileth Del Carmen's story

Yamilet is 29 years of age and has three sons. She earns a living making tortillas which she sells from the sidewalk on the main street of the city. Her post has been assigned by City Hall and she is permitted to sell her tortillas between 6:00am and 2:00pm. On weekends she runs a business selling pupusas from her home and she also has a mini store there. She is a determined woman with very good principles. She is managing a loan with Fundación Campo which has been funded by KIVA. She has repaid this loan very punctually from the sale of tortillas and the other activities that she carries out. Before becoming involved in this business she studied. She buys the ingredients needed to make tortillas and pupusas in a store that sells basic grains. This store is located roughly 4 blocks from where she sells tortillas. Another product that is very important to mention is the gas that she uses to cook her products. She purchases this from the gas distributors, and they take care of delivering it to her business. The loan that she is requesting from Fundación Campo is to buy 8 quintals of corn and 10 cylinders of gas. All of the materials that she will buy will be used in the production of tortillas for a month. To make pupusas on weekends she will buy 4 pounds of pork rinds and 4 pounds of soft cheese. She will also use the new loan to pay the balance on her current loan. Having purchased all of these ingredients she will be able to make tortillas for a whole month (even during corn shortages). When she buys these products she will increase her supplies and, therefore, the level of sales since the demand is quite high. She will be able to make a larger number of products to be sold. She has plans to buy land in the future because she is currently renting a home. Depending on how the sale and profits from the tortillas go, she would later like to begin building a small house for herself and her children.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Huras



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