A loan of $425 helped to invest in working capital and to stock his store with daily consumer products such as coffee, shampoo, tomato sauce, rice, beans, soap, sugar, milk, and bread.


Ramon Nonato's story

Ramón Nonato, 67 years old, is married and has 6 adult children who are independent. He is originally from the department of León, which is in the western region. León is known for being a tourist area. Ramón Nonato works at a grocery store, which is in his home. He has had this business for 11 years.

At the grocery store, he sells retail products such as coffee, shampoo, tomato sauce, rice, beans, soap, sugar, milk, and bread. All of these come in small quantities. He started the business as a way to have income for his family, since he does not have an education due to a lack of resources and money. Ramón Nonato appreciates the help that Kiva lenders provide to small businesses with limited resources in poor countries such as Nicaragua. This allows individuals to have a dignified standard of living.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Polenske



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