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Maria Calixta
This is not the first time that María Calixta, 53, has taken out a loan for her business. She is an excellent client who has been dedicated to her business for 36 years, as she started when she was very young. Since her parents were unable to provide her with an education, she started selling cooked beans. Most of her neighbors come to her house looking for this product. Over time she also started selling firewood, since both of these products are used in daily living. Thus, she requests a loan to buy beans in bulk, since this is much cheaper, and firewood. Her desire is to continue with this activity, since it is her only means of support.
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La Señora María Calixta 53 años, pues esta no es la primera vez que realiza un financiamiento para su negocio. Pues es una excelente cliente dedicada a este negocio desde 36 años, pues inicio desde muy joven, ya que sus padres no tenían la posibilidad de proporcionarles estudios así fue que ella empezó vendiendo frijoles cocidos, pues la mayoría de sus vecinos recurrían a su vivienda en busca de este productos y con el paso del tiempo logro vender también leña pues ambas cosas se utilizan en vivir diario. Es así que solicita este financiamiento para la compra de frijoles ya que por quintal le resulta mucho más favorable, leña. Su deseo es mantener esta actividad que es su único medio de vida.

Additional Information

Fundación Leon 2000

This loan is administered by Fundación Leon 2000. Fundación Leon 2000 began operations in 1993 as the first microfinance institution to serve the western part of Nicaragua, a country which continues to be one of the poorest in the western hemisphere. Fundación Leon 2000 works to further the development of micro, small, and medium enterprises through credit services and management, applying the best credit industry practices and technical expertise. Additionally, Fundación Leon manages several business and financial education programs in the community, specifically for young entrepreneurs and at-risk youth. Fundación Leon 2000’s group of experienced and dedicated employees works in 7 offices in Leon, Chinandega, Chichigalpa, Somotillo, Jinotepe, El Sauce, and Nagarote and serves several thousand clients (the majority of whom are women).

About Nicaragua

  • $4,800
    Average annual income
  • 77
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    Nicaragua Loans Fundraising
  • $25,406,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 22.1
    Nicaragua Cordobas (NIO) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $200 helped Maria Calixta working capital to buy beans and firewood.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 29, 2010
May 10, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 18, 2010