A loan of $1,075 helped to invest in general merchandise, such as pants, shirts, blouses, shorts, jackets, pajamas, bedclothes, sets of towels, gold and silver jewelry, and makeup.


Zenelia Elvira's story

Zenelia Elvira, 47 years old, is married with grown children. She is originally from Leon, a place that is located in the western part of the country. In her free time, she likes to go to the movies. Sadly, she was unable to pursue an educational career for lack of economic resources, which meant that she had to work from a very young age. She would have liked to have been a doctor. Thanks to her spirit and her will to succeed, she earns a living through the sale of general merchandise, such as pants, shirts, blouses, shorts, jackets, pajamas, bedclothes, sets of towels, gold and silver jewelry, and makeup. She has been doing this activity for 12 years, going door-to-door and also selling out of her house. Her routine is to work some nine hours per day, walking the streets of her area with a bag of 20kg worth of her products. The purpose of the loan is to invest in working capital and grow the business through the purchase of merchandise, so that in the not-so-distant future she will have a better income. Zenelia Elvira is thankful for the help of the Kiva lenders who provide people with resources in poor countries such as Nicaragua so that they can earn a dignified living.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Daniel Lemon



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