A loan of $350 helped to invest in working capital and stock her business with merchandise such as trousers, skirts, shorts, tops, underwear, make-up and wall hangings.

Karen Esther's story

Karen Esther is 28 years old, and is a widowed mother with two children. She is originally from the department of Chichigalpa, located in the west of the country.

Karen makes a living selling general merchandise such as as trousers, skirts, shorts, tops, underwear, make-up and wall hangings. She has worked as a mobile seller of these items for the past 6 years. Karen's daily routine involves working ten hours every day with a 25kg load, taking her merchandise to her regular customer as well as potential ones.

She does this day by day in the intense heat, but she is grateful for this livelihood, which allows her to provide her young children with better financial circumstances. This is even more important at the moment, as they face the death of her husband and their father together.

Karen has already worked with the Fundación and has demonstrated her responsibility by paying correctly and on time. She needs the money to invest in working capital, stock her business with merchandise, make the most of the Christmas season, and offer a better service to her customers, increasing her income.

Karen is grateful for the help given by Kiva investors to people with limited means living in poor countries such as Nicaragua, so that they can work with dignity.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chloe Pilpel

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