A loan of $500 helped to buy wholesale corn and an industrial kitchen.

Altagracia Noemi's story

The scent of corn with hints of wood permeates the entire locale. Altagracia, 42, makes and sells tortillas every day, attired in her characteristic white apron. Over the past fourteen years, revenue from the business has become the support of her home and her three children who go to school Monday through Friday. When she was in fourth grade, Altagracia had to leave school because she couldn't afford the tuition anymore. However, that didn't present a problem for someone who was moving ahead.

Altagracia has shown with great affection the appreciation she has for having received a prior loan, with which she was able to increase production and sales by buying supplies like corn and firewood. She is currently seeking another loan, to buy wholesale corn that will allow her to save a bit of money. In addition, she needs to buy an industrial kitchen so she can offer her clients a better product more quickly and in greater quantity. She knows she needs to keep investing by taking loans, so for the moment she doesn't feel as though she's self-sufficient, but she doesn't rule out that she may be in the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske

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