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A loan of $550 helped to buy two computers and furniture for them.

Gema Lizbeth's story

Gema is 27 years old, single, and from Pueblo Nuevo in Esteli. Her mother is Milda, a humble saleswoman, and she has helped her since she started her career. Gema studied systems engineering but still has not finished and earned her degree. At the age of 22 she began to work for an insurance agency in the administrative sector. She then began to work at an internet cafe as an employee, but with hard work, some savings, and most importantly, her great attitude, she bought the internet cafe from her boss. Her brother who lives in the United States helped her with this and she became the owner of her first business. She runs this business all by herself. It has been a year since she started her business and she wishes to expand it to provide better service.

She is asking for a loan to buy two computers and the furniture that accompanies them. This will help increase her earnings and offer better service to the people in her town. Furthermore, students are about to return to school and she hopes to attract more customers to her business. Her plans are to open another internet cafe in downtown Esteli.

Her next goal is to graduate, as she has not been able to do so for economic reasons, but she still has not lost the hope of graduating.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Meinecke

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