A loan of $225 helped to purchase backpacks, pants, nightgowns and perfumes.

María Del Carmen's story

María del Carmen is from the department of Masaya. She is 50 years old and is both a businesswoman and a homemaker. She and her husband make up their nuclear family.

Her business involves the buying and selling of useful products for the home and items for personal use. With the help of her husband the business has made progress and they have had the business for 5 years. The two of them go door to door to show their products, which include backpacks, pants, nightgowns, perfumes, thermoses, shades, electric fans, etc. They acquire new customers this way, and are also recommended by others.

They started their business with their own capital. They sell their products in the Diriomo, Masaya, and Malacatoya municipalities. Two of these municipalities are in neighboring areas and people there would have to travel many hours to purchase a product. For that reason their customers are people that they find along their route. They purchase their products in the Masaya market.

María also has a small business in her home where she sells soft drinks and snacks that she makes. When she isn't out selling, she runs that business herself.

She and her husband dream of increasing their customer base and growing their business. This is the season when they have more demand because school is in session. They are asking Ceprodel for a loan to purchase backpacks, pants, nightgowns, and perfumes to meet their customers' needs and improve sales.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Michele Magrino

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