A loan of $1,450 helped to buy merchandise to increase sales.

Nicolasa's story

Nicolasa, 47, has five children. She married very young and worked for more than ten years as a merchant in the vegetable market in order to feed her children. The relationship between her and her spouse at the time wasn’t very good which is why she worked by herself to support her children. After many years of effort three of her children had grown up and she got divorced. She decided to leave the vegetable business because of health reasons but still had two children that needed her support. However, five years after her separation, she met her current spouse who is also separated and the two of them have three dependents. Seeing her family’s needs, Nicolasa decided to buy a kiosk in the vegetable market where she sells juice, refreshments, pills and other types of local consumer goods to improve income. Because of the great demand they decided to invest in a wider selection of goods for the kiosk.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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