A loan of $800 helped to buy corn to make tortillas.

Deysi Marleny's story

Deysi, 31, has a business selling tortillas in the center of her town. Her family is comprised of only herself and her daughter, who studies in a public school. Deysi works every day in town to pay for her daughter's educational expenses. Her daughter helps her with the business, selling tortillas during school vacations. In addition, her husband supports her with remittances; he emigrated to the United States.

Deysi is very well-known in the neighborhood where she lives, and she also participates in and is very active in religious activities. Deysi has had her business for 4 years. It is the only business she has to support her daughter. She obtained her experience by working for another person. Later, she became independent, and she started up her own business. Up until now she continues to work; she has no other economic activities, as she must tend to her business, which is a distance of 150 meters from her home. She walks there every day, and her daughter helps her with the business.

Deysi is requesting a loan to buy corn from her brother, so that she can make tortillas. She will also use part of the funds to pay off a debt that she has. This loan will improve her business, because she will have enough corn to ensure that she has tortillas to sell, and so she will be able to meet the demands of her customers. The dream of every mother is to see her daughter get a high school degree and achieve her greatest goal.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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