A loan of $800 helped to buy construction material and pay for labor.

Karla Marianela's story

Karla, age 20, is newly married and has no children. She was only able to go to school until the seventh grade. Her husband works in construction as a bricklayer. They live with her mother.

Karla has been in commerce ever since she was little. She learned this business activity from her mother. She now makes different types of sweet breads and chicken tamales. She sells her products in the area. She says that her neighbors are her best customers. Sometimes it takes up to six hours to finish her sales.

The loan will be used to buy a ‘quintal’ [one hundred pounds] of iron, four bags of cement, six planks of wood, rafters, and one and a half dozen zinc sheets. The rest is to pay for labor. She will build a roof for the oven where she makes the breads.

As a completely enterprising woman, Karla, in the future, wants to buy four dairy cows. She will do this to be able to produce milk and sell it in the community.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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