Total loan: $2,700
Estela Del Carmen
Chontales, Chontales, Nicaragua / Retail
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Estela Del Carmen's story
Estela is 66 years old and has lived in the community of Los Chinamos for her whole life. She is a sociable, honest and hard-working person who has played both mother and father to her two children because she didn't get support from their father. In order to get by and to help her children to get ahead, she has worked very hard at her small convenience store business. She has had this business for 30 years. She says that it has gone very well thanks to God, and this has allowed her to invest more in her business. In her community, there is no electricity. Estela has a solar panel system in her home which only serves to light the house. In order to sell sodas or other items that need cold temperatures she buys ice and keeps it in a cooler. Then she adds beverages to the cooler so that they get colder so that she can sell them to her customers. She needs this loan in order to buy a solar refrigeration system that will help her to grow her sales and make her business more prosperous.