A loan of $325 helped buy corn and firewood to make tortillas.

María Candelaria's story

María, age 62, never went to school since her parents never considered it important or necessary. She had three children, but all are grown and have their own families and their own homes now.

María has been owning and running her tortilla sales business for more than thirty years. She decided to get into the business since it's a food that can be sold every day and one that provides good profit margins. She does her sales very close to her house. The money from this loan will be invested as working capital for her small business. She will buy corn and firewood. María intends to expand her production and have better sales.

María hopes to one day buy a bigger kitchen so that she can make many more tortillas. She wants her business to keep being profitable as time goes on.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund

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