Venancia is from Mexico. She has 4 children. She needs a loan of $475 to buy bananas, chili, chocolate, sugar, lard, table salt, cooking oil, cookies, "cacahuates" (peanuts) and different types of seeds.
Venancia is a forty-nine year old woman. When she was young, she could not finish elementary school because of a lack of resources. Now, she is married to Victor, a land worker, and together they have four grown children who are all married. They live in a community called "La Defensa," an important sugar cane region where the sugar mill "Ingenio La Margarita" is located.
When Venancia was 14 years old, she began making and selling various Mexican dishes such as "moles" and "tamales," in order to improve the living conditions of her family.
A "Mole" is a typical Mexican dish prepared with an incredible combination of spices. Depending on the region of the country, the color of the sauce and the main ingredients vary. The word comes from the Nahuatl word "molli" which means "sauce."
A "tamale" is a typical little cake made with maize flour which can be stuffed with meat, cheese, sauce, or even fruits and other sweet ingredients. Its most important feature is that it is wrapped with banana or corn leaves. Its name comes from the Nahuatl word "tamalli" which means "wrapped."
Venancia now sells her dishes every Saturday and Sunday, waking up early in the morning to start her cooking. As she has been in this line of work for a long time, the locals already know her and make large "tamale" orders for special events. Venancia would like to further expand her business but she lacks the financial capital to do so.
With a loan from World Vision Venancia will be able to invest in her business by buying ingredients such as bananas, chocolate, chili, sugar, lard, table salt, cooking oil, "cacahuates" (Nahuatl word for peanuts), and different types of seeds. All of these ingredients are the main components of the Mexican dish "mole," cooked in Venancia's own style. She will also be able to buy banana leaves, maize and lard to bake "tamales."
Venancia is confident that this loan will help her improve her business. Having more ingredients and a larger quantity of food to prepare will allow her to increase her income to help her family and improve their living conditions.