A loan of $250 helped to use as working capital to supply her grocery store with household products such as shampoo, coffee packets, sauce packets, rice, beans, toilet paper, and toothpaste.

Lesbia Maria's story

Lesbia María is 60 years old, single, originally from Nagarote, a place that is located in the western part of the country. Nagarote is known for its traditional food such as curd cheese and tiste (a beverage made from roasted corn, cocoa, annatto fruit, and sugar.) Lesbia is known to be a person with a great sense of responsibility, which has been demonstrated in her previous loans.

Thanks to her desire to succeed she has as an economic activity a pulpería located at home. A pulpería is a small store that sells household products in small quantities such as shampoo, coffee packets, sauce packets, rice, beans, toilet paper and toothpaste.

She has been in business for 32 years. Her work schedule includes about 12 hours daily offering her products. The reason for a loan is to invest in working capital to supply her pulpería with household goods, so that in the not too distant future she can obtain higher earnings.

Lesbia María is grateful for the help that the Kiva loaners give to people with limited resources and poor countries such as Nicaragua providing the means to dignified work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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