A loan of $1,500 helped to buy corn and food products.

Mirna Jeannette's story

Mirna, 31, lives with her common-law husband and three children, ages 7, 12 and 15. She has been working from home ever since she got married over 15 years ago. After having her first child the household expenses began to increase and the income from her husband's work as a bricklayer was not enough to cover all the family's needs. She was initially able to see a business opportunity in running a Nixtamal mill. Then she bought a grill to make pupusas (stuffed tortillas) which she sold on the week ends. On the other days she was able to sell tortillas. She gets up very early every morning to prepare what she needs to make the tortillas. Her first customers begin arriving at 7:00 a.m. and before that she has to get the children dressed and off to school. The youngest two are in 1st and 6th grade and the oldest goes off to another community to study 9th grade.

Corn is the main raw material for Mirna and she buys it from the producers in the area. She buys her other supplies in the city with is 15 kilometers away so she either takes the only available bus or rides in a pick-up truck that covers the route.

The loan she is requesting through Fundación Campo is to buy corn and have enough inventory for the rainy season. She also will buy other products such as coffee, dairy products, sausage, beans, rice, sugar, etc. to sell to her customers when they come for the tortillas. She also wants to plant seven acres of corn crop.

With this investment she hopes to expand and grow her business because the opportunity is there and she believes her expenses will increase as her children advance in school. Her oldest daughter has to continue high school in the city and Mirna wants all her children to continue their education.

In the future, she and her husband want to build a new brick house on a lot they received from the government. Now they live in an adobe house with a cement wall that they built on land that belonged to a ranch but was abandoned. Several families with low incomes have built their houses there.

Translator profile picture

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details