A loan of $350 helped to buy corn, firewood, onions, peppers and potatoes.

Ileana Del Carmen's story

Ileana is originally from the community of San Isidro but currently lives in Estelí. She’s 26-years-old and the mother of a three-year-old son. She relates that she used her own money she got from her life companion to start her own business and earn extra money for her home and family; she’s a merchant. She sells nacatamales [Nicaraguan-style tamales] and tortillas and has been in business more than a year and a half.

She’d like to expand her products throughout the entire city marketplace because she hopes to increase sales and earn higher profits. Ileana is asking for the loan to buy everything needed to make her nacatamales and tortillas like corn, firewood, onions, peppers, potatoes, etc. She figures the loan will be of great help to her to be able to grow economically and be able to buy things at wholesale and earn higher income since her future plan is to be able to open a grocery store and her goal is to remodel her house in order to live better.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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