A loan of $475 helped to buy clothes, cosmetics and perfume.

Maria Isabel's story

María Isabel, 52, is married and has three adult children. She’s from Chinandega Department, a place located in the western zone. Chinandega is noted for being a very commercially productive zone. Her economic activity is selling merchandise consisting in pants, shirts, cosmetics, perfume, dresses, shorts and camisoles. She’s been in said activity for seven years. Her daily routine is to work about 10 hours with a 20-kilogram bundle of merchandise she sells to regular and drop-by customers. She needs the financing to invest in working capital and stock up on merchandise. María Isabel is grateful for the support Kiva lenders give to people of scarce resources and to poor countries like Nicaragua so they can have a dignified way to earn a living.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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