A loan of $650 helped to buy t-shirts, portfolios, leather purses for women, leather belts for men, typical masks and a variety of costume jewelry.

Vilma Del Socorro's story

Doña Vilma del Socorro lives in the city of Granada, one of the oldest colonial cities in Nicaragua. She is 53 years old, and has been in business for six years. Her nuclear family consists of herself and her son, and she makes a living selling hand-crafted items. She buys all of her products from the municipalities of Masaya, Catarina and San Juan de Oriente.

Her son helps her sell to the visitors who pass through her city. They have a small area where they sell in the central park in Granada. She says sales are going well due to the development of turism and the fact that Granada is one of the most visited cities among international travelers.

The idea of starting her business was inspired with the goal of increasing her family's income, since both she and her son rely on this income. To date, it has gone very well and she has been able to maintain her business.

Recently, demand has increased, so she has approached Ceprodel to ask for a new loan so she can buy clay pottery, wood carvings, products made of acrylic, fashionable leather wallets for men, xerographed t-shirts, necklaces, and wooden beds for children.

As these items are the biggest sellers, they will contribute the most to the increase in her household income.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Wong

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