A loan of $775 helped a member to buy vegetables to sell and ingredients for preparing traditional Nicaraguan foods.

Flor Juanita Group's story

The Flor Juanita ["Flower of Juanita"] group is comprised of three hard-working women from Masaya, the City of Flowers. One of them is 57 year-old Miriam del Socorro A., who started selling vegetables six years ago. She will use this loan to purchase squash, potatoes, cassava, taro, shallots, etc. She has ten children and the two youngest, ages 15 and 16, are dependent on her. They go to school and help with her business in their free time. The other members of the group are:

Ivania de Socorro B., 38, who has been making tortillas, yoltamales [sweet corn tamales with a sugary filling], and güirila [sweet corn pancakes] for six years. Her dream is to build her own house; and

Flor de María A. García, who has a small restaurant where she makes enchiladas, fried plantains with cheese, roast chicken and meat, etc.

In this group: Miriam Del Socorro, Ivania, Flor

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katie Kavanagh

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