A loan of $200 helped to buy rice, sugar, corn, and firewood for preparing tortillas and meals to sell.

Eva Del Carmen's story

Eva, who is 53 years of age and a merchant, makes and sells tortillas and meals. Her first Kiva loan was of much help, coming as it did when she most needed it, permitting her to make additional investment in her business, and to improve, little by little, her humble residence. The loan also made it possible to diversify her business.

Eva now needs financing to purchase more rice, sugar, corn, and firewood, because she wishes to sell more meals and to continue her daily struggle to achieve a better quality of life.

One of Eva's future plans is expand her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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