A loan of $650 helped to buy corn, firewood, banana leaves, oil, tomatoes, onion, and meat.


Maritza Del Carmen's story

Maritza is a modest merchant from Managua. She has one child, 15, who attends secondary school. She has made a living selling tortillas and nacatamales [Nicaraguan-style tamales] for three years. Previously she sold clothing on order but then decided to sell food. That was when she decided to devote herself full time to making tortillas and nacatamales because both are popular. She's requesting the loan to buy ingredients to make nacatamales and tortillas: corn, firewood, banana leaves, oil, tomatoes, onion, and meat. Her goal is to manage to sell more nacatamales to restaurants and save to be able to pay her son's school expenses.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall


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