A loan of $250 helped to purchase basic food items like rice, sugar, beans, cooking oil, snacks, etc.


Irma Del Carmen's story

Irma is a native of Estelí. She is 52 years old, the mother of four children and a retailer. She says that she started her business with her own capital, which she earned selling "nacatamal" (steamed meat and vegetable pasty, cooked in banana or maize leaves) and vegetables. With the money that she saved, she decided to open her own business. She is currently the owner of a small grocery, which she has run for the last two years. Irma has her husband's support. She would like to sell her products in her neighborhood. She expects to increase her sales and earn a better income. Irma is requesting the loan in order to purchase basic food items like rice, sugar, beans, cooking oils, snacks, etc. Since her objective is to increase her sales once she has more products in her inventory and to offer a greater variety of products to her customers, her future plans are to expand her grocery to earn a larger income and to purchase a display case for her products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal


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