A loan of $600 helped to purchase Avon products along with a variety of pants and shirts.

Guadalupe Mariela's story

Guadalupe Mariela is a native of the department of Masaya. Her nuclear family is composed of four people: her mother, her husband, and one daughter who is still a minor.

At 37 years old, Guadalupe Mariela has her own business. She explains that because the economic situation was not very good, she resolved to start her own business. She saw that traveling to other countries was profitable, and she decided to travel to San Salvador, in Nicaragua's sister country, El Salvador. Her travel consists of buying merchandise like pottery, rocking chairs, wall art, single and double hammocks, and other items at home in Nicaragua, and then traveling to San Salvador. When she comes back, she brings merchandise like perfume, silver jewelry, and a variety of clothing for men and women. She sells what she brings back to her customers who live in Masaya and who sell in the municipal market.

Thanks to her efforts, she has been in this business selling her products for six years already. She is an enterprising woman with a strong desire to improve herself, to grow her business more, and to give her family a better quality of life.

Currently, she needs to buy merchandise to stock her business with the goods that people are asking for. These include the items already mentioned as well as Avon products, Zermat perfume, and a variety of clothing like blouses and pants, so that she can earn a better income.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey

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