A loan of $275 helped to buy dry grains, lemonades, eggs, juices, canned foods, detergents, soap, oil, sweets, cookies, bread..


Rosa's story

Doña Rosa is 60 years, a humble merchant and owner of a minimart. She was born in Chinandega but has been lived in Leon for 55 years. She has 6 children, all adults and independent. She brought up her children on her own. She has a 4th grade education and has worked from an early age as she was raised in the countryside and learned the domestics chores relevant to the area such as making and selling tortillas. She did this for 25 years and this was her first business. However, she left this due to health probelms and it was then that she decided to set up a grogery store. She has had this store for 10 years and with this business she fiinished raising her children and giving them the education she was unable to receive. She asked for a loan to buy dry grains, lemonades, eggs, juices, canned goods, detergents, soaps, oil, sweets, cookies and bread, as these are some of the products that she sells and her customers ask for. She also wants to have a bigger variety so that her customers can find what they need and feel at home. Her next step is to make home improvements not previoussly invested in as she had to save to pay for her children's studies.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Maria Blyth


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