Fighting for a better future? We need your help.

Creating a more equitable world takes a lot of time and energy, but at Kiva we’re in it for the long haul. 100% of money lent on Kiva goes to funding loans. That means we rely on donations from people like you to make this work possible. For a limited time, if you donate $35 or more, a $25 bonus will be added to your account (you’ll get an email once it’s there).
Premal Shah, President & Co-Founder, Kiva
  • $25
  • $35
  • $50
  • Submit
  • Other

A loan of $800 helped to stock her business with merchandise such as pants, shirts, sports shirts, skirts, shorts, blouses, underwear and cosmetics.

Sandra Maria's story

Sandra, 38 years old, is married with two minor children, who are 14 and 9 years of age. They are both in school. She is a native of La Paz Centro, a place located in the western part of the country. La Paz Centro is an area known for handicrafts made from clay.

Sandra has been selling clothing and cosmetics for the past five years. Her business consists of selling pants, shirts, sports shirts, skirts, shorts, blouses, underwear and cosmetics. She has already worked with Fundación Leon and has proven her sense of responsibility by making her payments in full and on time.

The objective of this loan is to have working capital and stock her business so that she can take advantage of the Christmas season when sales increase. Sandra’s routine is to work some 10 hours with a bundle of approximately 20 kg. of clothing. She is a street vendor with both sporadic and permanent customers.

Sandra is grateful for the help the Kiva lenders have given to poor countries such as Nicaragua and to people with limited resources, so they will have a decent means of livelihood

Translator profile picture

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details