A loan of $400 helped to buy a griddle to make more tortillas.

Delmy's story

Delmy, 41, completed third year of basic education. She has a spouse but he emigrated to the United States. He does various jobs: gardening, construction work, waiter, among others, to be able to help a little with family income.

Her 16-year-old daughter dropped out of school because she became pregnant; she now has a 3-month-old baby. She’s a single mother and her 20-year-old son works the land to produce food to feed the family.

Her business is selling tortillas. She’s been in this activity for five years. She used to sell clothes in the city. Her mother taught her this occupation and her mother currently helps her in the business. She lives in her mother’s house and her business is nearby since she has no house of her own. The house is wattle and daub. Her mother and cousin work with her in order to fill all the customer orders she gets. Customers come by to pick up their tortillas and sometimes they have to be delivered to them. She does this activity every day.

She needs the loan to buy a griddle to make more tortillas because she says that making them on the clay griddle is too much work and doesn’t produce enough. With this more productive tool her workday will be more productive and also they won’t be inhaling so much smoke which affects their health. It will also generate more income to cover daily expenses.

Delmy wants to expand her business so that it will generate the necessary income to support her family and be able to save to build a house in future and live with her children and granddaughter in proper conditions.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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