A loan of $1,000 helped to buy basic grains, soft drinks, meat, chicken, and eggs for her grocery store.

Glenda Siomara's story

Glenda is 40 years old, married, and is a merchant. She is originally from the city of Chontales but she has been living in Managua for 24 years. She has three children. The youngest is 16 years old and is attending high school.

She entered the world of business by selling cheese and eventually decided to sell gold and silver. During that time she worked as a supervisor of a textile company and left work with the settlement that they gave her and put it into her store buying her first products of cookies, bread, eggs and snacks. Little by little she advanced adding products until she created her store. In this activity her husband and her oldest daughter help her dividing the work. While she serves clients her husband makes purchases and her daughter helps her to arrange and clean the products.

She is applying for a loan in order to buy basic grains, soft drinks, meat, chicken, and eggs. She also wants to invest by buying clothing, shoes, and cosmetics because during the holiday season the products are of high demand among her customers.

She plans to move her store to a larger place and to add the sales of clothing, perfume, and cosmetics.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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