A loan of $400 helped to buy live pigs and a quintal of corn to make nacatamales [Nicaraguan-style tamales].

Sonia Del Socorro's story

Sonia del Socorro, 61, is a single mother of six children, all independent adults now. Sonia is from the town of Corinto, a place located in the northern part of the country. Corinto is noted for being a fishing zone with ports; its main economic activity is fishing.

Sonia’s economic activities are selling nacatamales: very delicious, traditional tamales from Nicaragua made from pork and corn. She has 35 years’ experience in the business; she’s always been noted for being very hardworking and responsible. Her family obligation is a bit lighter now because her children all work but when she was younger she had to struggle mightily as a single mother to raise her children.

Her business is located at home and she sells from place to place too. Sonia del Socorro has had previous loans with the Fundación and has been responsible making her payments on time and as required. They have helped her to stay in business investing in working capital. She intends to use the financing to buy pigs and quintals of corn to make her nacatamales. Sonia is grateful for the support Kiva lenders provide small merchants of limited resources and to poor countries like Nicaragua so that they can have dignified ways to earn a living.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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