A loan of $350 helped to increase supplies for her business, which is selling household staples in the city of Chichigalpa, where demand has increased.

Karla Maria's story

Karla María is 29 years old. She is married and has three dependent children who are 12,10 and 4 years old. Her business is located in the city of Chichigalpa, Chinandega Department, where rum, cane and sugar prevail. Karla María makes her living selling household staples like: rice, sugar, cooking oil, corn, beans, soap, pasta and additional items. She makes her purchases in corn husking and rice threshing facilities. In addition, she sells general merchandise like: clothing, shoes and cosmetics, which she purchases in Chinandega, León and sometimes Managua. Karla is requesting the loan to purchase rice, corn and beans to re-sell to the markets. She will also use the loan to increase the variety of clothing, sandals, men's and women's shirts and cosmetics that she has available. This way she will be able to satisfy both her regular and occasional customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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