A loan of $800 helped to buy corn, firewood and to pay off a current balance with the institution.

Estela Karen's story

Estela is a 29 year-old woman; she studied until fourth grade in a rural school. 20 years ago she moved from home because of problems of armed conflict in El Salvador. She is a single mother of two daughters, 6 and 9, and works on her own to provide them with the necessary. They go to the community school. Estela owns a separate house, but the children are close to the house and to their mother and her siblings in the same area.

She owns a business selling tortillas in her house that she manages independently. Before she worked as an employee near her house and there she learned the tortilla business. Later, after some time she decided to do it independently in her house, given that she knew it would be a profitable business to run. She gets up at 3 AM every day to prepare the corn and cook it in the wood oven. At 5 AM, she is already washing the corn in order to go to the mill at 6 AM. She enrolls and takes the girls to school at 7:30 AM. Her mother helps her with the production of tortillas for a while.

With the loan she will buy corn and firewood. In these days corn is bought more cheaply because of the harvest of the winter cornfields of some farmers of the region. She will pay off a current balance in the CAMPO Foundation. Thereby she will be able to generate more income for her family and that her daughters are better and so that they are not lacking anything.

Her dreams are to have a successful business and that her daughters study and live well. She said that her childhood was hard: her mother made tamales to sell and she had to walk with the crate on her head through the entire neighborhood and she doesn't want this for her daughters.

She wants to see if little by little she can improve the house and to construct it of brick or cinderblock, because where she lives now it's made of sheet metal.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alex Martin

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