A loan of $550 helped to buy a dough rolling machine.

Maria's story

Maria is 50 years old and lives in the municipality of Soledad. She sells products made from wheat flour such as deditos (a local pastry) and empanadas. She has two years experience doing this. A friend of hers showed her how to make these products. Her mother gave her the idea of doing it as a business as Maria enjoyed making them.

Her main products are hayacas, qibbes, deditos and empanadas (all traditional meat filled pastries) which she offers directly to the public, not through middlemen, in cash and on credit. From Monday through Saturday she prepares the raw materials, measures them, kneads them, molds them and cooks them, adding the products and ingredients necessary for each one, such as cheese, meat and vegetables, etc. The result is delicious snack ready to sell and eat. She starts her work day at 8 am and finishes at 6 pm. She buys the products from warehouses in the municipality. Her principal clients live in the area where she lives and has her business. Her goal is to be recognized by everyone in her marketing area.

At present she does all the work manually and this requires more energy all the time. This makes her tired. In her effort to grow and respond to her client's demand Maria is requesting a loan from Kiva. It will be her first loan from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and she will use it to buy a dough rolling machine. This will reduce her production times as she won't have to knead by hand and also it will increase her production capacity. This makes it a successful investment.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer leonardo

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