A loan of $600 helped to purchase pants, suits and dresses, skirts, baby clothes, and cosmetics.

Maria Mercedes's story

María Mercedes is 44 years old and is a single mother of two children, ages 22 and 15. She is a native of León, Nicaragua, which is located in the western part of the country. She has made a living selling a variety of clothing, such as pants, suits and dresses, skirts, baby clothes and cosmetics, for 13 years. She works 10 hours a day, going from place to place with some 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of products to offer her regular and soon-to-be customers. She already has worked with this institution and has demonstrated responsibility making her payments on time. Her goal for this loan is to increase her working capital and to stock up on supplies to satisfy her customers' demands and take advantage of Christmastime, when sales increase. María Mercedes is grateful for the help Kiva lenders have provided to people with few resources in poor countries like Nicaragua so they have a means to dignified work.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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