A loan of $525 helped to purchase rice, sugar, oil, bread, soap, toilet paper, soft drinks and cosmetics.

Martha Lesbia's story

Martha is a young woman who lives in the community of La Palma, 10 kilometers from the municipality of El Sauce, Nicaragua. She is 26 years old, married and has two children. Because her parents lacked resources, she was not able to finish school. She married at a very young age out of life's circumstances and inherited the enterprising and fighting spirit of her mother, who made a living in commerce. With the support of her husband, Martha was able to get a little capital to start her own business and help him with the household expenses. She installed a small convenience store in her home where she offers general groceries, taking advantage that there was no such business in the community and the inhabitants had to travel to El Sauce to acquire their household necessities. At this time sales have increased thanks to the nice January weather, and she needs more capital to stock her business. She is requesting the loan to purchase rice, sugar, bread, soap, toilet paper, soft drinks and cosmetics. She is asking Kiva and CEPRODEL to support her in this request so she will be able to stock up on the products her customers demand and thus be able to satisfy them.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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