A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase a calf.

María Estela's story

María is 31 and has a third-grade education. She has been a single mother of two children, ages 8 and 6, since her husband left for the United States and forgot about the family. María's two children study at a school in a nearby town, and María's 74-year-old father, who still has a steady job as a day laborer, helps pay their school fees.

Maria earns income from her business selling pupusas [tortillas filled with cheese, pork, chicken, or beans], which she prepares in the afternoon at a stand on a street in her town where residents gather to relax. María thus took advantage of the opportunity to start a business because she needed a way to provide for her children. She works seven hours a day.

María has applied for a loan from the Campo Foundation to purchase a calf. The animal will produce milk for her children and that she can sell, meeting her need to provide a better diet to her children.

Maria's short-term goal is to build her own home and be able to work in her kitchen instead of working from a stand. María also believes that she can ensure that her children can get an education and become successful.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephen Volante

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