A loan of $350 helped to buy general merchandise, such as a variety of clothing, shoes, and cosmetics.

Maria Lourdes's story

Maria Lourdes is 26 years old, married, and responsible for 2 young children, ages 6 and 4 respectively. She is from the Department of Chinandega, located in the west of the country. Chinandega is a city known for its economic prosperity, since it is a frontier city. It is also surrounded by municipalities such as Chichigalpa, known for its sugar cane and sugar mills, as well as its beautiful landscapes.

Maria Lourdes' economic activity is selling general merchandise, which consists of clothing, shoes, cosmetics, watermelon, and cooked beans. Her routine is approximately 9 hours daily selling general merchandise, which she does on foot with fixed or casual customers.

Maria Lourdes' daily routine is to rise very early to take advantage of the early hours of the day when the sun isn't so strong. Her task is made easier in the afternoon, when the sun is in all its splendor -- she sells watermelons and cooked beans from her home.

Maria Lourdes is grateful for the help offered by Kiva investors to women workers who lack resources, especially in poor countries like Nicaragua, helping them have a dignified life style. Thanks, Kiva lenders! And “Long live the Women of Nicaragua!”

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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