A loan of $1,200 helped to buy a larger grill for making pupusas.

Milagro De La Paz's story

Milagro, who is 46 years old, has excellent personal references and is well known in her community for the work she does. She has two children. Milagro grew up with her parents who worked in agriculture and livestock. Eventually she found work in an eatery in the town where she made pupusas [thick corn tortillas stuffed with cheese, fried pork rind, chicken, or refried beans]. This is where she gained her knowledge and experience.

After a good while she decided to set up independently and took out a loan to buy a griddle for making pupusas. She started her business at the weekends and started building up customers. Now she works in her pupusa stall every day and her younger daughter helps out. Milagro works in the business selling pupusas every day of the week, from 3 in the afternoon until 8 at night. She does her work with the help of her daughter and she has 10 years' experience in the business. She learnt the skills when she was working in an eatery in the town where she worked hard and was very attentive and showed a willingness to learn everything she was being taught.

The money will be used to buy a larger griddle for making pupusas, because the one she has is very small and the demand from her old and new customers is growing every day. This has put her under pressure to to buy better equipment so she can do the work more easily. This will give her better profits which will be used to improve her home. By doing this she will improve her quality of life and they will have better living conditions.

Her plans for the future are to build bigger premises where she can develop the pupusa business better and set up a dining room so she can give her customers a better service, since a lot of them are asking her to change her menu. As for her children, she really hopes they will get on and overcome any obstacles in life and intends to fully support them as much as she can.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Judith McInally

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