A loan of $350 helped to purchase computer accessories such as mouses, monitors, and keyboards..


Elvin Marin's story

Elvin, 30 years old, is originally from Estelí. He is married and the father to a son who is in his care.

In addition to having his degree in systems engineering, he has owned an internet cafe in his community for a year, where he has gotten experience and knowledge. He started this business when the old owner of the internet cafe decided to sell the business at a favorable price. Elvin saw the opportunity to become independent and have his own business, so he found support from financial institutions to purchase the business with the hope of having a business and being able to get ahead. This has been his first business that he has shared with his wife, who helps with the administration of the internet cafe. He also has other income since he receives money from relatives who are outside of the country. He is happy with the place he has found himself, since he has no competition in the area and has a fixed customer base.

He is asking for this loan to purchase spare parts for the computers, such as mouses, monitors, keyboards, and more. This loan will help because he can perform maintenance on his machines to offer better service to his customers. His future plans are to open a second business, which will be a bookstore, to purchase other computers for faster service, and to remodel the internet cafe for a better presentation of the business. He hopes to own his own home to avoid the costs of renting, and to have a stable business that generates more income so that he can get ahead with his family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd


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