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Maria Del Socorro
María, 58, is from La Trinidad in the Nicaraguan province of Esteli. She moved to the town of Esteli when she was 3 years old. She's a single mother with 4 children, all now grown. Maria has been a merchant for 30 years. At first, she sold ice, buying plastic bags that she packed with ice and sold on. Now she sells clothing, cosmetics, shoes, silver jewelry, etc. Before starting the business, she was a social worker at the hospital in Esteli for 10 years. In those days, she used to go to Guatemala and bring back perfumes, silver jewelry, etc. that she then sold to her co-workers. The money that she earned allowed her to better support her children. Now she goes to Panama where she buys products such as cosmetics, clothing, shoes, purses and jewelry. She sells on both the wholesale and retail markets. She also gets t-shirts from a son in Costa Rica.
Maria is applying for a loan so that she can buy other products such as cell phones. She's never sold cell phones before but she can see that they're an everday product now, something that everyone needs. She hopes the loan will help her attract new customers and expand her business. Keeping her business stocked with merchandise will help her create jobs for others, too. In the future, she wants to build a shop that she can rent out and ultimately could provide her a place to live as she gets older. Her next goal, though, is finish building an addition to her house for her clothing and shoes business.
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María, tiene 58 años edad, nacida en la Trinidad municipio de Estelí, se vino a vivir al centro de esta ciudad cuando tenia 3 años de edad, es madre soltera, tiene 4 hijos todos mayores de edad, se dedica al comercio de venta de ropa ,cosmético, zapatos y joyas de plata lleva 30 años en este oficio. Inicio comprando bolsas plásticas que se utilizaban para vender hielo, helados antes de dedicarse a este negocio laboraba como trabajadora social en el hospital de Estelí ahí duro 10 años donde. Luego decidió viajar a Guatemala a comprar mercadería tales como perfumes ,joyas de plata, para vender a sus compañeros de trabajo estos viajes lo realizo durante 15 años así logro mantener a sus hijos ella sola. Hoy en día viaja a Panamá donde compra productos como cosmético, ropa , zapatos ,bolsos y joyas de plata que vende al por mayor y al detalle, tiene 8 vendedores y además recibe ayuda de un hijo que le manda remesas de Costa Rica.
Solicito el crédito para comprar mercadería nueva como celulares pues antes no vendía y ahora ve que es una herramienta necesaria y de uso cotidiano entre la población. Con este crédito espera poder aumentar su clientela, prosperar su negocio, mantenerlo surtido con productos nuevos ,generar empleo Tiene como planes futuros construir locales que pueda rentar y vivir de ello cuando envejezca. Su meta próxima es terminar de construir su casa para poner una tienda de ropa y zapatos dentro de la misma.

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  • $3,636
    Average annual income
  • 119
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  • $24,043,075
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $900 helped Maria Del Socorro to buy merchandise for retail business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
5 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Mar 12, 2011
Listed
Mar 26, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Jul 15, 2011