A loan of $1,500 helped to purchase merchandise for her pupusa business.

María Concepción's story

María is 32 years old and attended school through sixth grade, due to the limited financial resources of her parents. She is a single mother since the person she wanted to create a family with left her. She has two children. This happened two years ago, and since then she has been dedicated to working for her children, who are studying at the school in her community.

Maria works as a merchant. Seven years ago, she worked as a waitress in a restaurant selling pupusas (stuffed tortillas). In the beginning, she attended to the tables, and later helped to make the pupusas. She learned very fast, and in a few months, decided to start her own business. She saw an opportunity since her house is located along the main street, a business could go very well if she decided to start it. With a lot of effort, she purchased her own gas grill and other tools for the business. Today, she sells tamales and other food products. She has to get up very early to prepare the ingredients she uses for the food, in addition to her children's food and uniforms for school. Later in the day, she focuses on sales. If she isn't able to sell everything, she goes out to sell door to door.

Maria will use this loan to purchase merchandise so she can better serve the customers at her pupusa restaurant. She sees her work reflected in her profits.

In the future, Maria plans to fix up her house, since she owns it, and give her children a good education so they can go to university and have a better future. With her profits, she will be able to realize her dream of seeing her children become professionals and be able to expand her business by purchasing tables.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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