A loan of $775 helped working capital.


Maria Esperanza's story

Maria is 36 years old and married. She has two children; they are ages 17 and 14 and both attend school.


Maria’s business began in 1998 when she took over the small general store that her mother was running. Small general stores are called “pulperias” here in Nicaragua and are very common. One street may have three or four within a couple of blocks. Because they are characteristically located in homes, the stores are dotted throughout neighborhoods and provide convenient access to daily use items. Though there is a good customer base, there is a lot of competition for these stores.


Maria says that her business has grown little by little and because of it, she has been able to improve her house and generally improved her quality of life. Maria dreams of having a large store that she can pass on to her children so that they will have a way to support themselves.



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