A loan of $600 helped to buy tortilla-making ingredients and supplies.

Dora María's story

Dora, 32, has a spouse and three children. Her ten-year-old is in 3rd grade, her 8-year-old is in 1st grade and her youngest is two-months-old. Dora was only able to complete fifth grade. Four people live at home with her.

Her family has always had a corn tortilla shop. It was started by her grandmother and Dora has been running it for ten years. She works every day from six in the morning until three in the afternoon hand-making tortillas to sell to earn family income.

The loan will be used to buy corn by the kernel and lime powder both of which are needed to make tortillas whose sales are her main source of family income. With it she will be able to insure production and use profits to provide medical care needed by her new-born son.

She hopes her children will complete their schooling and if everything turns out as expected she hopes to buy another griddle to make tortillas and to hire someone to help her with the sales.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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