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Yolanda's income grew from $75 to $300 a month since she and her husband began taking out microloans. This mother of four in Mexico has expanded her family's taco and pork business, which helps keep her kids in school. "I will pay for school," she says, "until the last grade they want to study."
"When I was a little girl, my father died," says Yolanda, taking a quick break from frying flautas stuffed with chicken, shredded lettuce, and a savory white cheese. "My mother was left with 10 kids and one on the way. I had the dream to study in secondary school but had to drop out when I was 12."
Things began to turn around for Yolanda and Silverio when World Vision started sponsorship and community development in San Mateo a decade ago. And two years ago, when they took out their first loan and their fortunes began to rise, Yolanda knew she could go back to school. "I got my secondary education degree when I was 30," she says, her eyes sparkling.