A loan of $825 helped to raise pigs for her food business.

Lesbia Del Socorro's story

Lesbia, 44, is married and has two grown children. She grew up in the "departamento" of Leon in western Nicaragua. In her spare time, she likes to cook for her family. She makes traditional food: gallo pinto, nacatamales and other dishes common to this region. Unfortunately, she had to leave school early because her family didn't have enough money for her to continue. She had to go to work at a young age, instead, to help with family expenses. Thanks to a strong spirit and a drive to get ahead, she was able to start her own pork-sales business. She operates the business from her house and is especially busy on weekends when there's the most demand for her products from customers who buy what she sells to make nacatamales, chicharron, yucca, moronga, carde cerdo, chancho frito, chicharon blanco and other pork-based dishes. She has operated the business for 23 years. That's Lesbia, in the photo, with leaves that she uses to make nacatamales. She will use this loan to stock her business with products that she sell later. Lesbia likes her work very much and says that she is grateful to Kiva investors for their support. Their loans, she says, make it possible for people with few resouces in poor countries like Nicaragua to make a decent living.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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