A loan of $175 helped to buy meats, condiments, rice, potatoes, and other groceries to make traditional tamales for sale.

Rogelia's story

Rogelia, who is 30 years old, is single and the mother of 7 children and lives in a rural area of the Intibucá municipality. Since she was very young, she has worked in farming with her family. For the past 18 years, she has also begun to do other activities in order to make an income to sustain her children and she decided to make tamales for sale. She makes her tamales out of a corn dough and stuffs them with meat, chicken, potatoes, chicharrones (fried pork skin), and other ingredients, wrapped in banana leaves. It's a delicious tamale and she sells them in the corner of the marketplace or on foot. To maintain her business, she has decided to ask for a loan of 3,000 Lempiras, with which to buy materials and groceries to make her tamales for sale. She want to increase her production and her profits. Her dream is to work a lot in order to buy a piece of land and construct her own house and have a better life with her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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