A loan of $750 helped to invest in working capital and buy supplies such as coffee bags, shampoo sachets, milk, bread, cheese and beverages for her store.

Jilma Guillermina's story

Jilma Guillermina, 51, is married and has two adult children that go to the university. She is originally from León, which is located in the western region of the country. Jilma is a hardworking and responsible woman, something she has proved by paying the previous loans in time. Unfortunately, she could not study when she was young due to the lack of resources and she had to work instead.

Thanks to her abilities, her entrepreneurial mindset and will to progress, she opened a “pulpería” in her house. A “pulpería” is a small store where one can find supplies in small quantities, such as coffee bags, shampoo sachets, match boxes, milk, bread, cottage cheese and other types of cheese, cream, juices and beverages. Jilma works twelve hours per day.

With the loan, Jilma plans to invest in working capital and stock her business of buying and selling supplies. Jilma Guillermina appreciates the help that Kiva lenders give people with few resources from poor countries like Nicaragua, which allows them to have a decent job.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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