A loan of $1,000 helped to buy corn, cheese, loroco, pork rinds, and other items, to meet the demand for pupusas.

Rosalina's story

Rosalina, who is 39 years old, went to school through the 3rd grade of basic education. She is married, and her husband works at various jobs, including masonry, gardening, and waiting on tables, among others. He emigrated to the United States because of the poverty in which they were living, but still she cannot see big changes in her family. Her children have already formed their own families, and the only ones who are with her are two grandchildren who are in her care.

She has a pupusa [a typical food of El Salvador] business. She has 13 years of experience working in this business. In the past, she made and sold tamales, and sometimes she sold fruits and vegetables, but finally she decided to stay with this business, since she considers it more profitable than the earlier ones. She learned this business (making and selling pupusas) thanks to her older sister, who taught her until she perfected the product, creating loyalty in her customers because of the quality of her pupusas.

In this Christmas season, there is a greater stream of people who arrive to enjoy her pupusas. For this reason, she needs more working capital to buy the ingredients: corn, cheese, loroco (a flower used for flavoring), pork rinds, and oil, among other things, to cover the demand and thus take advantage of this opportunity that exists. With this, she can obtain a better income, which will allow her to continue investing in the future.

Her dream is to create a substantial pupuseria in the area and thus generate employment for people from the canton who seek to obtain income but don't have the opportunities that allow this and see as the only option emigration to the United States, which only causes disintegration of the family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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