A loan of $650 helped to provide a greater variety of products for her small business such as new and second hand clothes and shoes.

Sara Biviana's story

Sara Bibiana is 55 years old, married, with seven adult children who live on their own. She lives in Chinandega province, which is known as a productive commercial area. She sells new and used clothes and shoes. She has been doing this for the past 26 years. She works ten hours a day, from 8am until 6pm. She sells her merchandise to her usual customers door to door. She began this business a long time ago in order to help her husband with household expenses. Her children were young and they needed her help. Sara has been working with the Leon Foundation since the year 2000 and she has always paid back her loans on time. With this loan she will buy merchandise in order to provide a greater variety of goods for her small business. This will help her meet her customer’s demands. She will have better sales. She is thankful for the help that KIVA provides to small businesspeople with scant resources and to poor countries like Nicaragua.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Levandoski

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