A loan of $525 helped to purchase milk, vegetables, rice, sugar, bread, oil and toilet paper.

Marta's story

Martha lives in the community of Las Pilas, located 12 kilometers from the municipality of El Sauce, Nicaragua. She is 56 years old, married and has 10 children, the majority of whom are grown up and independent. Because of a lack of resources, she was not able to finish school and she married very young. With the passage of time and experience she has turned herself into a businesswoman and a fighter, and she has passed those traits down to all of her children. For nearly half her life she has made a living in commerce, going door to door selling household foods, but thanks to the support of her husband and two of their children who work in Costa Rica she was able to get a little bit of capital to start a stable business. She set up a small convenience store in her home offering general groceries, taking advantage that there had not been any such business in the community and the inhabitants had to travel to El Sauce to acquire their household necessities. Her sales have increased during this time of nice January weather, and she needs more capital to stock her business. She is requesting the loan to purchase milk, vegetables, rice, sugar, bread, oil and toilet paper. She is asking Kiva and CEPRODEL to support this request so she can stock up on the products her customers demand and thus satisfy them.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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