A loan of $300 helped to buy a griddle and supplies for making pupusas.

María Petronila's story

María, age 39, did not go to school. She has been a widow for three years, and she has two children (ages five and eight). She has been making ‘pupusas’ [stuffed griddle corn cakes] for eight years. She learned how to do this by helping a friend who works in this business at a school. Therefore, she realized that this business was profitable.

She travels by bus for 25 minutes to get to the place where she has the business. A friend of hers helps her in the business. Her hours of operation are from six in the morning until three in the afternoon.

The loan that she is requesting is to buy a griddle because the one she has is in bad condition. She will buy raw materials to make pupusas. There is plenty of demand, and she needs to meet the needs of her market.

Her dream is to have a good business that will allow her to have income, day to day, to help her children with their education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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