A loan of $600 helped buy cement, blocks, sand, metal bars, black gravel, and wire.

Lovette Angelita's story

Lovette Angelita Martínez D. is a 57 year old small businesswoman. She has three grown children. She is a teacher. For over 15 years she has had a dining room and a hostel, which is located in the central neighborhood in the city of Bluefields.

In her business she has several rooms, which are primarily used by the inhabitants of other communities who come to this city for business or for personal reasons. They stay in this hostel because of its location, which is by the municipal dock. That makes it easy to get on a boat to be able to return to the community they are from.

She offers three meals a day, taking advantage of the fact that the lodgers do not have family in this city and require this service. Nevertheless, the rooms in her hostel need security. They are made of wood, and in the last few months she has been repairing them little by little. Her earnings do not allow her to make a large investment.

That is the reason that she is asking for a loan to buy part of the material she needs to remodel the rooms and guarantee better service for her customers.

She needs to buy: 10 bags of cement at $10 US per bag, 60 units of blocks at $1 US for each one, 2 meters of sand at $24 US per meter, 3 “quintales” (100 pounds) of metal bars at $80 US per quintal, 2 meters of black gravel at $75 US per meter, and 2 pounds of wire at $1 US per pound.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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