A loan of $600 helped to invest in stock for her business selling staple goods such as rice, beans, oil, soap, and detergent.

Lucy Del Carmen's story

Lucy del Carmen is 35 years old and from the town of Chichigalpa, located in the west of the country. She is a single mother and has three children, aged 9, 8, and 4, all of whom go to school. Lucy has worked selling general merchandise and basic supplies for the last 15 years. Lucy is a hard-working, respectable woman, who has raised her children as a single mother, struggling day after day to provide for her family. Lucy’s daily routine involves working 10 hours a day. In the mornings she sells staple goods such as rice, beans, detergent, and cereal in the local market, and in the afternoons, she works as a street vendor selling pants, blouses, shirts, underwear, children’s clothes, and cosmetics to both regular and occasional customers. She needs this loan to invest in stock for her business in order to take advantage of the Christmas period when sales rise. Lucy del Carmen is grateful to the Kiva lenders for the help they give to people with low incomes in poor countries allowing people like her to obtain decent work.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Geraldine Pugh

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