Total loan: $5,075

Las Comerciantes Group

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Matagalpa, Matagalpa Department, Nicaragua / Clothing

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A loan helped to buy new and secondhand clothes to sell.

Las Comerciantes Group's story

“Las Comerciantes” is a Pro Mujer Communal Bank in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. There are nine entrepreneurs who are participating in this group. Ericka Paola, who appears in the photo wearing a long-sleeved red blouse, is 23 years old and serves as the president of the group. She began selling clothes at the very young age of 9. Through her sales, she is able to support her parents and pay for her university studies. She is in her final year of studying Social Sciences.

Ericka Paola dreams of having a well-stocked store, but she currently sells as a traveling merchant. She says that the best season for selling is from November to February when she travels to the coffee-growing estates to generate sales. During the summer, her travel route for finding customers changes to areas where beans, corn, and rice are harvested.

A loan will allow Ericka Paola to improve her inventory of new and secondhand clothes that she can sell at nearby farms. She is grateful to each person who is able to support her financially and to everyone who puts their trust in women. Ericka Paola emphasizes, “Women were never taken into account previously, but we have demonstrated that we are capable and worthy of investment.”