A loan of $425 helped to buy fruit and vegetables.

Hilaria Ursula's story

Hilaria Úrsula, 60, is married and has ten children, all adults. She’s from Chinandega Department, a place noted for being a very productive commercial zone. Hilaria’s economic activity is selling fruit and vegetables. She’s been in business 30 years. The business consists in buying from adjacent farms. Her means of transportation is a horse-drawn cart she owns. She goes out in it to buy fruit and vegetables and then sells them from place to place in the suburbs. She also has a stand in the local market.

The business arose many years ago with help from her husband who was a farmer and they’d go out in a cart selling what he grew on his farm. Today, in addition to what they grow on their farm she also buys and sells in adjacent farms.

The loan’s objective is to invest in working capital purchasing fruit and vegetables; mainly bananas, since they are currently harvested and they want to take advantage of sales. Hilaria Úrsula is grateful for the support that Kiva lenders provide small merchants in countries with limited sources of employment like Nicaragua so that they can have a way of earning a livelihood with dignity.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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