A loan of $475 helped to buy basic goods like rice, sugar, beans, oil, and bread, as well as frozen goods like chicken, sodas, and milk, amongst other products.

Calixtra De Jesus's story

Calixtra de Jesus is 67 years old, married, and the mother of nine children, ages 41, 39, 37, 35, 33, 31, 29, 27, and 25, all of whom are independent. Calixtra has operated a store for the last 15 years, where she sells different types of consumer goods, like basic grains, sodas, and candy. She began the business out of the need to improve her family's quality of life and to support her husband with the household expenses. Currently, she has the support of remittances that her children send her. She is requesting this loan with the objective of investing the capital for work, in order to stock the products for her business and give good service to her clients. In the future, she would like to be able make improvements to her home. Calixtra appreciates the help that is provided for small business owners of limited resources from poor countries like Nicaragua.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kathryn Luehm

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