A loan of $1,600 helped to buy supplies to prepare peto, such as corn, sugar, salt, and cinnamon, as well as various merchandise like sweaters and footwear.


Sonia Del Carmen's story

Sonia is 47 years old and sells clothing. She also prepares the famous “Peto,” a delicious boiled maize dish that contains the following ingredients: 1½ cups of white corn, 1½ cups of sugar, 2 ½ cups of milk, ½ teaspoon of salt, 1 pinch of cinnamon, and 4 cups of water. It is prepared in the following way: She soaks the corn the night before. She cooks it in a pressure pot with water and salt for 25 minutes. She adds the milk and sugar, and lowers the heat, continuously stirring until it thickens a little. Sonia has 20 years of experience in her business, which she started when she saw her friends generating income in the same business. With a family made up of her spouse and 3 sons, today ages 22 to 28, she decided to undertake these activities to add satisfactions to her home. Now Sonia is applying for a Kiva loan, the first financing she is doing with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use it buy supplies to prepare peto, such as corn, sugar, salt, and cinnamon, as well as various merchandise like sweaters and footwear. With her Kiva loan, her sales will increase and she will obtain greater utilities, since it is a new investment. Sonia's goal is to continue growing and increasing the amounts of future credits.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Dahlberg



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