A loan of $425 helped to buy sandals and general clothing for women, men, and children.

Lazaro Jose's story

Lázaro, 40, lives in a department very close to Managua. With his savings from previous jobs he started his business selling clothing door-to-door in the area where he lives. Little by little he bought more products and began to travel to other departments to continue selling and attracting more customers.

He's requesting a loan for the first time to continue investing in general clothing for women, men, and children, and women's sandals.

His wife also sells fruits and vegetables in the market. They have two small children in elementary school whom they want to see become professionals.

The greatest difficulty he had in his business at first was finding new customers as well as the lack of capital to cover demand. Now Lázaro has grown through his own efforts. In the future he'll hire two people who also will go out to the departments to sell. He'll also continue growing with his business, which is his children's future and his family's well-being.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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