A loan of $1,500 helped to buy a refrigerator and a griddle to make pupusas (stuffed tortillas), and by doing so, earn a better income and provide a better service to the people of her community.


María German's story

Maria is 44 years old and spends her days taking care of the domestic chores of her household and running a business selling pupusas (stuffed tortillas) from her property which is located in front of the community's school. She lived and grew up with her grandmother who spent her whole life in the same business. Her grandmother was a very humble and hard working person, and it was she who taught Maria her moral and spiritual values. By putting into practice all that her grandmother taught her, she has been able to make progress. She worked in the school cafeteria in her community and it was there that she learned and acquired business experience. Time passed, and she made a home with her husband, who makes a living in farming. They are the parents of two children who are studying in the community school.

Maria makes a living selling pupusas in a cafeteria that she owns. She also takes care of the domestic chores and focusses on keeping her home as hygienic as possible since her family is her priority. She learned this work from her grandmother and will continue doing it because it makes her proud that her children feel comfortable in their home. Her main source of income is the earnings from the cafeteria.

The loan that she is requesting is to buy a refrigerator and a griddle to make pupusas, and by doing so, earn a better income and provide a better service to the people of her community.

Her future plans are to expand the business and start a pizzeria.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Terri Whitehead



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