A loan of $225 helped to buy corn, firewood, lime and plastic bags to pack tortillas.

Maria Elena's story

Maria is 43 years old, married and a mother of 4 children. She is a humble merchant who works producing and selling tortillas and beans. She learned to read and write, but her humble origins didn't permit her to continue studying, even so, she has gotten ahead through her work. She began her business when she was 33 years old because she was a single mother with three children and she needed to provide food for them. Afterwards, she met her husband and the father of her last child who supports her with her sales of cooked beans. When she is not making sales she works taking care of the elderly.

She is requesting a loan to buy corn, firewood, lime and plastic bags for packing tortillas. This financing will allow her to acquire the primary materials she needs to produce her tortillas more easily, and at a lower price. One of her plans for the near future is to replace the roof of her home so that it does not leak during the winter. In the future she wants to own a mini grocery store. She also needs profits to provide schooling to her children so that they can be professionals with improved opportunities.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Hildreth

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