A loan of $1,250 helped to stock his grocery with daily necessities.

Idilfonso Aquilino's story

Ildifonso is 56 years old with 4 grown children, and comes from the department of Chinandega, a place located in the western region of the country. HIs primary business activity is a grocery business where he sells products for daily consumption in small quantities, such as coffee packets, shampoo packets, tomato sauce, rice, cheese curds, milk, juices, bread, beans, and eggs. He has been working in the business for 12 years and it is located inside of his house.

He began this business because he needed a less physically demanding line of work, since that was the recommendation of his doctor to solve his health problems. He decided to start a grocery store in his home. Currently, this has been his way of making a living, and his business has grown little by little. He has previously worked with Fundación León 2000, where he has demonstrated his responsibility in making timely payments. He needs this loan to invest in working capital and stock his grocery in order to satisfy his customers' needs.

Ildifonso is thankful for the help that the investors at Kiva have offered to people who come from having few economic resources and poor countries like Nicaragua to have sources of work with dignity.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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