A loan of $1,000 helped to buy containers, firewood, and ingredients for making tamales, and also to have working capital.

Evelyn Iliana's story

Evelyn is 36, in a relationship, and has two children. She is a fighter. She has been making tamales and doing other jobs for fifteen years with the firm goal of providing her family's daily bread. She learned her business from her mother, who has done the same all her life. Before learning this work, she was a student; but she decided it would be better to work and sell tamales. She lives with her husband and children on her mother's property.
The corn for making the tamales is brought to her home, but this carries a higher cost. However, in the wintertime, she looks for supplies in the surrounding areas, which means she has to travel large distances and carry her products herself.
This loan, which she is requesting from Fundacion Campo, is for the purchase of containers, firewood, and ingredients for making tamales; it will also provide her with working capital. In the summer the price of corn increases and this loan will allow her to maintain her sales and to avoid losing clients.
Through having working capital, Evelyn will be able to always keep her customers in good supply, and she will always have all the necessary equipment for making tamales. She will also always have the necessary income for supporting her family. She is determined to keep working hard every day so that her children do not want for anything and can become professionals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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