A loan of $1,200 helped to invest in her business and to build a bedroom.

Vilma Aracely's story

Vilma, 39, studied up to second grade because her family didn't have the financial resources and the school was very far from her house. She's married and her companion sells snow cones on a bicycle. Their children live with them.

Vilma has sold traditional dishes for six years because she needs to support her family. First she began selling snow cones. A friend told her that selling snow cones was good and taught her how to make the syrup and how she should make sales. These days it's her husband who's responsible for sales while she prepares the food. Vilma also sells tamales, tostadas, savory pies, pupusas, and other things.

Nothing stops this woman from working and getting her family ahead. Her work day starts at 5 a.m., when she makes the snow cones. Then she goes out to sell tamales and traditional dishes in the nearby communities. She has to walk four hours by the time she finishes her sales.

She'll use part of the loan she's requesting on her business and the rest to build a room for her children. She's going to buy 700 bricks, 3 quintals of rebar, 20 bags of cement, sand, and stone.

Vilma dreams of being able to buy another plot of land to give each child a place to build a house. She also would like to improve her home, buy another bicycle so her son can make sales, and work hard to pay back this loan.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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