A loan of $550 helped to invest in working capital and to stock her fruit-selling business with fruits such as watermelons, bananas, papaya, mangos, melons, coconut and medlar.

Maria De Los Santos's story

María de los Santos is 35 years old and a single mother to three children - aged thirteen, nine and two years old. She is originally from Managua, in the central part of the region. In her free time, María enjoys the company of her children and makes them food typical to the region, such as rice and beans or "tiste" (a cacao based drink). Unfortunately, due to a lack of financial resources, María could not study university but she would have very much liked to have studied nursing.

Because of her spirit of self-improvement and her desire to prosper she has been selling fruits for twenty years. She had to start at a very young age, in order to help with the costs of running a home. Her business is in one of the local markets. María works ten hours a day, selling products such as watermelons, bananas, papaya, mangos, melons, coconut and medlar. She is glad to do this job as this has been her and her children's lives. Her dream is to provide a better future for her children. Her aim for the loan is to invest it in working capital and stock up her business so that, in the not-too-distant future, she can have a higher income. María thanks Kiva investors for the help they provide to people with little resources, and poor countries like Nicaragua, so that they can have a decent job.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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