A loan of $750 helped to invest in working capital for her small shop and to buy basic supplies such as coffee, oil, bread and milk.

Berthalina's story

Berthalina is fifty-one years old, married and has six children, two of them are underage and attend school. She is originally from the Chinandega region, in the western part of the country. She has a small shop in her house, where she sells small quantities of basic consumer products such as coffee, shampoo sachets, oil, bread, milk, eggs, matches, vegetables and beverages.

Berthalina has worked before with the foundation and has proved to be responsible by paying on time and the right amount.

She started this line of work because she needed to have a job and a source of income. With the loan, she will invest in working capital and she will stock her business up in order to improve her income and serve her clients better. Berthalina appreciates the help that Kiva lenders give to people with few resources from poor countries like Nicaragua, which helps them to have a decent job.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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