Total loan: $925

Norma Isabel

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Chinandega, Chinandega, Nicaragua / Retail

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A loan helped to invest in working capital to buy materials for making hand-trimmed loofah style body scrubs and also to buy a herd of pigs.

Norma Isabel's story

Norma Isabel is 30 and is married with three dependent children. She comes from one of the municipalities of Chinandega, which is an area where commerce predominates and where one of the biggest mills in the west of the country is found. Norma is a very enterprising woman who is hard-working and responsible, and who really wants to improve herself. She works making hand-trimmed loofah-style body scrubs, as well as butchering pigs to make pork derivatives such as nactamales [a meat and rice Nicaraguan delicacy], deep-fried snacks, cooked pork fat and black pudding. She buys supplies in cash from markets in another town in order to create the body scrubs, and buys pigs from neighbouring villages. She sells for cash and on credit and she has regular and occasional clients. She set up her business with her own money to help out with the household bills. She learnt the work from her mother, who runs a business similar to her own. One of her dreams is to be able to increase her working capital to make home improvements. She wants to invest the loan into working capital to buy fabric remnants, thread, needles, sponges and also a herd of live pigs,