A loan of $750 helped to invest in working capital and stock her grocery store with goods such as coffee, shampoo, tomato sauce, eggs, salt, bread, milk, cooked beans, boxes of matches, and cigarettes.


Consuelo Antonia's story

Consuelo is 48 years old and married with two children, ages 16 and 22. Her younger child is studying and is still in her care. She is from Malpaisillo, which is located in the western part of the country.

Consuelo is a hardworking woman. She has fought to provide for her children and give them a better future by offering them the opportunities that she unfortunately never had due to a lack of financial resources. She would have liked to study nursing. Thanks to her spirit to overcome, she has a grocery store, or "pulpería," which is located in her home. A pulpería is a small store which sells products in small quantities, such as coffee, shampoo, tomato sauce, eggs, salt, bread, milk, cooked beans, boxes of matches, and cigarettes. She has had this business for seven years, and she is happy with her work because it provides a livelihood for her and her family.

The goal of this loan is to invest in working capital by stocking her grocery store. She will then be able to offer a better service to her clients and increase her income in the near future.

Consuelo is grateful for the help which Kiva lenders provide for people with limited resources in poor countries such as Nicaragua, so that they can have a decent livelihood.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz



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