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María Amanda
María, 50, is a widow; she comes from a very humble family so she was never able to attend school because her parents and three brothers had to work, the land to grow basic grains like corn, beans and sorghum. Her mother taught her how to weave reed mats. At that time she was able to do two per week; she also helped her father and brothers with the agriculture on the hillsides because the terrain is quite fractured.

At the age of 24 she got married and her husband helped her much. He installed a small grocery store at home where she sells oil, eggs, beans, sugar and soap among others and her husband worked making herbal remedies. Sadly, he died three-and-a-half years ago and she was left alone with an adopted 13-year-old daughter. At present, she buys pigs to then resell either alive or she butchers them to sell the meat in her community. She does very well because there aren’t many stores or butcher shops.

The loan she’s asking Fundación Campo for is to buy two pigs, two quintals of rice, two quintals of beans, two quintals of sugar, detergent, oil, cookies, bread and coffee among other products for the store; also detergents for home cleaning and toothpaste which will be new products for the store.

With this investment she will add new products and increase the amount available because there are only two stores in the community and the population is quite large. Her short-term goal is to stock the store more, to buy some display cases and to provide what’s necessary for her adopted daughter who is in sixth grade in school.
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María tiene 50 años de edad, es viuda. Ella proviene de una familia muy humilde, no se le presento la oportunidad de asistir a la escuela ya que sus padres y sus tres hermanos tenían que trabajar la tierra para cultivar granos básicos como el maíz, fríjoles y maicillo. Su madre le enseño a tejer petates de tule, en ese tiempo elaboraba dos a la semana y además ayudaba a su padre y a sus hermanos a cultivar en las cordilleras, debido a que el terreno es bastante quebradizo. A los 24 años de edad se caso y su esposo la apoyo mucho, instalo una pequeña tienda de productos básicos en su casa, en donde vende aceite, huevos, frijoles, azúcar, jabón, entre otros más y su esposo se dedicaba a elaborar medicina natural; pero lastimosamente su esposo falleció hace tres años y medio; ella quedo solo con una hija adoptada de 13 años de edad.

Hoy en día compra cerdos y luego los vende vivos o los destaza para vender la carne en la comunidad y le va muy bien ya que no hay muchas tiendas ni destazos.

El préstamo que esta solicitando a Fundación Campo, es para comprar dos cerdos, dos quintales de arroz, dos quintales de fríjoles, dos quintales de azúcar, detergentes, aceite, galletas, pan, café, entre otros productos para la tienda. Y detergentes para limpieza del hogar, pastas dentales que serian productos nuevos para la tienda. Con la inversión agregara productos nuevos y aumentara la cantidad disponible, debido a que en la comunidad solo hay dos tiendas y la población es bastante grande. Su propósito, es a corto plazo surtir más la tienda, comprar unas vitrinas y brindar lo necesario a su hija adoptiva ya que asiste al sexto grado en la escuela.

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About CrediCampo

This loan is administered by CrediCampo, a Kiva Field Partner in El Salvador. CrediCampo seeks to improve the lives of rural communities and their families in areas including health, education, basic services, and infrastructure. Through its Community Development Unit, CrediCampo provides scholarships, leadership development training, and financial education programs for families in rural areas. CrediCampo’s work is crucial in addressing the issue of poverty in El Salvador. Based on 2009 estimates, 37.8% of the population lives below the poverty line. To learn more about CrediCampo and their work, visit their partner page.


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  • $7,500
    Average annual income
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  • $31,854,275
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped María Amanda to buy two pigs and stock merchandise for her store.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 20, 2013
May 28, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 21, 2015