A loan of $725 helped to invest in working capital and supply her business by buying and selling merchandise such as pants, shirts, skirts, shorts, dresses, camisoles, underwear and bedclothes.


Elida's story

Elida is 50 years old, married and has three adult children. She is from Chinandega Department, which is located in the western part of the country. Elida has worked for 10 years selling various articles of new clothing, such as pants, shirts, skirts, shorts, dresses, camisoles, underwear and bedclothes. Her daily routine is to work 10 hours per day with a bundle weighing 20 kg offering her merchandise as a travelling vendor to both regular and occasional customers. She started her business many years ago out of necessity in order to provide income for her family, since at that time they were going through a difficult situation because her husband did not have work. Currently, her business generates profits and is her daily work and source of income.

Elida needs financing in order to invest in working capital and to buy new merchandise. Her dream is to someday renovate her home and install her clothing store in it, instead of selling her merchandise as a travelling vendor. Elida is grateful for the help that Kiva lenders offer people with few resources and poor countries like Nicaragua, so that they can have a dignified way to work.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson



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