A loan of $2,350 helped purchase new little pigs and bags of food for her piglets.

Ana Maria's story

Ana Maria is 48 years old and is married to Manuel, with whom she has grown a family of four children who still depend on the couple. Mary has sold tacos for 16 years. She says that she started because a family member of her husband's has a restaurant-bar, but after time left the business, so Mary's husband took over the business of selling the tacos. Mary, such a sweetie, says thanks to the loan, she was able to buy eight pigs to raise and fatten, but she also bought bags of food for her pigs. Mary is very grateful for the loan because she already has her piglets.

The difficulty that Mary is facing is that she does not have the money to purchase large quantities of food for her little pigs because she says, "If the food were cheaper, I would have the same pigs that I had before." Mary came to have 60 piglets just for fattening, but the price of the food has gone up by a lot, and she believes she won't be able to care for all of them. The piglets that she bought will grow and get fat in just four months, and after this time, she thinks she will sell them in her fast food stalls as meat tacos. Mary has three taco stands in the town. Mary said that "Only in this situation, I dream of having my own business in my home where we won't live with such worry," because the places where she has her stands are not her own, and she lives worried because some day they will be taken from her.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Olivia Shirley

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