A loan of $1,200 helped a member to put into working capital and stock up her business buying and selling footwear and clothing like pants, dresses, shirts, shorts, t-shirts, sets of sheets, towels, soccer shoes, sneakers, leather shoes, and sandals.

G.s. La Holla Y El Comal Group's story

The solidarity group "La Holla y El Comal" [the Pot and the Griddle] is made up of three women, single mothers with five children in their care. They are from Paz Centro, located in the western part of Nicaragua. La Paz Centro is known for its traditional foods and beverages like quesillos [sour cream quesadillas] and tiste [corn and cacao drink]. They are responsible and hardworking women, which they have shown in every way in prior loans. Unfortunately, due to lack of resources, none of them was able to go to school.

Thanks to their tenacity and desire to get ahead, each has her own business. María Magda is the group coordinator and sells footwear and clothing including pants, dresses, shorts, t-shirts, sheet sets, towels, soccer shoes, sneakers, leather shoes, and sandals. Her routine includes traveling around for ten hours each day with twenty kilos of goods which she offers to current and prospective customers. She really enjoys running the business because it supports her children. She is seeking a loan to invest in working capital to stock up her business because in the not-too-distant future she would like to bring in more income.

The "La Holla y el Comal" solidarity group appreciates the help Kiva lenders offer people with scarce resources in poor countries like Nicaragua so those people can have a semblance of a decent life.

In this group: Rosaura Marisol, Maria Magda, Karla Vanesa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske

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