A loan of $725 helped to buy crafts such as clay pots, piggy banks, bracelets, clay cookware, jars and vases.

Nelson Antonio's story

Nelson Antonio, 31, is a single father of two children, ages 3 and 5. He is from Malpaisillo which is in the northern part of the country and known as a very productive agricultural and commercial area. Nelson sells crafts for a living and has been in business for six years. He travels to Costa Rica where he sells Nicaraguan crafts such as clay pots, piggy banks, bracelets, clay cookware jars and vases. The challenges he faces are the high duty tariffs charged at the border.

He learned the trade from his parents who ran the business before him. He is in need of a loan to buy and sell the different craft articles. Nelson Antonio is grateful to Kiva lenders for helping low income earners in poor countries like Nicaragua so they can earn a decent living.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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