A loan of $1,500 helped to buy 10 cabbages, 200 pounds of corn, eight baskets of yucca, 200 green bananas, five gallons of oil, and other ingredients as well as to install a new floor and fix some cracks in her house.


María Concepción's story

María is 34 years old and the mother of two daughters. For over 11 years, she has worked selling foods that she makes such as enchiladas, fried plantains and yucca, nuégados [sweet made from flour, nuts and honey] and chilate [beverage made from roasted corn, chili and cocoa often flavored with anise, pepper, ginger and cinnamon]. María sells these products, as well as coffee and hot chocolate in a local market from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. She learned to cook these foods from her mother.

María has a very good credit history with the communal bank Fundación Campo. She repaid her previous loan financed by Kiva in the category A repayment rating.

With the new loan she is requesting from Fundación Campo, María will purchase the ingredients she needs to prepare the food she sells in the city's central market, located 500 meters from where she lives. She will buy 10 cabbages, 200 pounds of corn, eight baskets of yucca, 200 green bananas, five gallons of oil, and other ingredients as well as to install a new floor and fix some cracks in her house. Purchasing these will help María increase her sales, to improve her profits. This will help improve her finances and allow her to pay her household expenses and her daughters' education.

In the future, María plans to continue the construction of her home because she doesn't currently have the resources to finish doing so.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Craven



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