A loan of $1,150 helped a member to invest in working capital and to supply her convenience store with products like sachets of coffee, shampoo, salsas, rice, beans, sugar, milk, bread, gelatin, traditional drinks like "tiste" and "pozol," and juices.


G.s. Unidas En Cristo Group's story

The "Unidas en Cristo" [United in Christ] Solidarity Group is made up of three members: two women named María and Santos, and one man named José. They are all of legal age and married with 7 adult children who are economically independent. They are originally from the Department of Leon, a place that is located in the western part of the country.

María Auciliadora is the coordinator of the group and as such is charged with making sure it functions well. For her economic activity, she owns a convenience store, and she sells pigs. The business is located in her home. She has 42 years of experience in this activity. The convenience store sells edible products for daily consumption in small quantities like: sachets of coffee, shampoo, salsas, rice, beans, sugar, milk, bread, gelatin, traditional drinks like "tiste" (a powdered beverage made of cornmeal and cocoa powder) and "pozol" (drink made from fermented corn dough), and juices. María began the business with her own effort to have a means to work and the happiness of helping out with household expenses.

The group has worked with the Foundation, demonstrating their responsibility to pay on time and in full with previous loans. María needs this financing to invest in working capital to supply her convenience store. The "Unidas en Cristo" [United in Christ] Solidarity Group is grateful for the help of Kiva lenders that offer a way for small business owners in poor countries like Nicaragua to have a dignified life.

In this group: Maria Auxiliadora, Santos Juana, Jose Ramon

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Melia Meggs



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