A loan of $800 helped to invest in her pupusa business, buying a stove and ingredients to make pupusas.

María Magdalena's story

María is 35 years old and studied until grade 5. She could not continue her studies due to her economic situation and had to work to help with the expenses of the household. She is married, her husband is a policeman. She has two children aged 15 and 17, both of whom study. She sells pupusas (a traditional Salvadorean food) and she gets help from her children in their free time and her husband when he is on vacation.

María has been selling pupusas for 10 years and comments that she started out with a very small location. With time she saw that it was functioning and she decide to increase her sales. When she started it was her mother that got her to get the stand and she always supported her in her decisions and supported her in bringing her children up.

María will use the loan to invest once more in the business. What she wants to do is open another sales location, specifically buy a stove to cook the pupusas and the ingredients to make them. María has always wanted to expand her business more, opening more locations which will generate more revenues. She also wants to make improvements on her house so she and her family can live in more comfort. As for her children she wants the best and that they continue to study and become useful members of society.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer leonardo

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