A loan of $525 helped to purchase wholesale ingredients (potatoes, cornflower, oil, sauces, and other items).

Omaira Del Socorro's story

Omaira is a 58 year old, married, mother of four who works hard to get her children ahead in life. For about twenty years, she has been engaged in preparing and selling “empanadas” [pastry filled with chopped or ground meat, vegetables, fruit, etc., and usually baked or fried]. She learned this skill from her grandmother and it has become her main source of income today. Her business is located in the garage of her sister’s house. She works alone from 5:00 to 10:00 pm and to her advantage, she is known in her area for her experience and her product’s quality and flavor. In this way, she has managed to earn income to support her husband with the household’s financial burden.

The loan she is requesting will be allocated to the purchase of wholesale ingredients (potatoes, cornflower, oil, sauces, and other items). This will allow her to have enough basic ingredients available to meet demand and improve her income. Omaira says that, in time, her goal is to provide her business with permanence and continuity. For this reason, she keeps working arduously to achieve her goal. In the near future, she hopes to have the possibility of a better quality of life for her family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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