A loan of $1,500 helped to buy a corn mill.

Basilia's story

Basilia, 46 is married with five children. She currently lives with her husband and family consisting of five children for whom she must strive constantly in order to provide them with what’s needed. She’s been doing domestic chores since a very young age since her mother’s priority was that she develops well in this area and she reached her goal for she does so excellently.

Taking into account her community’s condition, she’s taken the initiative of buying a ‘nixtamal’ [corn dough for tortillas, tamales, etc.] mill because her zone does not have this service and she figures that in addition to providing this service to the community it would also mean a source of income for her.

Also, in addition to meeting her personal need, it will bring many benefits to local residents because they would avoid having to travel great distances to find corn milling service. She intends to use this investment to create another source of household income and to maintain a constant work process and apprenticeship for her children just like her parents did with her so that they can reach life improving goals. Her objective is to educate her children by means of her effort, to give them the conditions she was unable to have personally and above all to be successful in this new activity she intends to execute.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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