A loan of $1,575 helped to adapt and expand the storeroom, expand the ovens, purchase an electric mill and raw material (corn) and supplies for packaging.


Mariela De Jesús's story

Mariela is 63 years old, mother to 5 children and the head of the household since the death of her husband. Approximately 8 years ago she set up her own business, a corn cake factory which began as a result of the economic crisis suffered by her family after the death of her husband. Gradually it has gone from strength to strength, yet she never studied and everything that she knows today is a result of trial and error. She worked Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 4 pm, so that she could take advantage of the time to meet the orders of all her clients. She is requesting this loan as help in order to expand her business. She plans to adapt and expand the storeroom, expand the ovens, purchase an electric mill and purchase raw material (corn) and supplies for packaging. As a result of these, she will be able to improve working conditions and will be able to meet order deliveries in a timely manner, which will give her the opportunity to expand her market and increase her sales and income. Mariela dreams of growing her business and turning it into a large manufacturer and distributor of corn cakes which generates higher returns, giving her the possibility of supporting her children financially and enjoying a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alan Jones



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