A loan of $750 helped buy meat, eggs, milk, sweets, and a variety of products.

Maria Del Carmen's story

Maria López, 49, is a hard-working woman who has been able to maintain her business. Fourteen years ago she set up a small mini market, and it has been growing. Her husband works as the head of security. They have two children, 9 and 13. The children attend school. They live in the Recreo neighborhood in the capital of Managua.

She has been having low sales. The customers to whom she gave two weeks credit have not paid in full. In the past months she has not had the expected earnings. The only things that have helped keep a balance of products are the loans.

This is her second cycle. She will buy chicken, meat, eggs, bread, sweets, juice, soft drinks, and a variety of products to satisfy her customers’ needs. She will pay her basic bills, cover the cost of food, pay the school expenses, and pay the loan. Thanks to her good service she has not lost her small mini market. It is her source of work and helps give her children the best.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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