A loan of $425 helped stock her grocery store and invest in products used every day like basic grains and sweets.

Ernestina Del Socorro's story

Ernestina is a 52 year old woman and has three children who are 24, 22, and 16 years old. Of her children, only her 16 year old son is still under her care and he studies in the secondary school. Ernestina has had to fight day by day to get ahead with her children. She is from the municipality of Chichigalpa, located in the western part of the country. It is an area known as a sugarcane zone for its sugarcane refineries. She has had a grocery store for many years where she sells products such as rice and sugar by the pound, oil by the quart, bread, cow milk by liter, little bags of shampoo, and other items. She began this business when her deceased husband became ill, and she started it with her own money to improve the household earnings and to help with her husband's medical expenses. She needs the loan to stock her small business and invest in products of daily use.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Meinecke

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