A loan of $275 helped to buy merchandise such as clothing for adults and children.

Lilliam Maria's story

Lilliam María, 29, is a single mother who takes care of her 12-year-old daughter. Lilliam lives in the city of Chichigalpa, located in the western part of the country. Chichigalpa is very beautiful, and its people are warm and accommodating. The city is surrounded by volcanos and natural beauty, and the area produces a lot of sugar cane. Lilliam has three years of experience selling general merchandise as a street vendor and offering in-home laundry and ironing service. She started the business because she needed to make a living and support her daughter, as she is a single mother. She began buying clothing to resell and slowly built a client base through much effort and tenacity.

Lillian's workday lasts 10 hours. She gets up early every morning to fill the bags of merchandise she will deliver on foot to regular and potential customers. Her routine is hard, given the intensity of the sun and the weight of her bags of merchandise, but that doesn't keep her from working because she wants to achieve her dreams. What she wishes for most is to see her daughter pursue a profession. She thanks the Kiva lenders for the help they offer low-income people to have a decent life in poor countries such as Nicaragua.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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