A loan of $500 helped to invest in working capital and stock her business buying and selling new clothing such as trousers, jeans, skirts, dresses, shorts, blouses, t-shirts, camisoles, underwear, sets of sheets and sets of towels.


Arelly Yahoska's story

Arelly, who is 29 and married with two children of 10 and 3, comes from Managua, in the centre of the country. In her free time she likes spending time with her young children, for whom she prepares typical food from the region, such as "gallo pinto" (a rice and bean dish).

Unfortunately, due to lack of financial resources, she was not able to have a university education, but she would very much have liked to work in a clinical laboratory. Thanks to her enterprising spirit and her determination to succeed, she has her own business selling clothing such as trousers, jeans, skirts, dresses, shorts, t-shirts, camisoles, underwear, sets of sheets and sets of towels. She works in one of the local markets and has been running her business for 8 years. She enjoys her work very much as it has been her way of life and that of her family. Arelly's working routine involves selling her goods for 10 hours each day.

The loan will be used to invest in working capital for the purchase of an assortment of new clothing so that, in the not too distant future, she can generate a higher income. Arelly appreciates the help which Kiva investors provide for people of limited means in poor countries such as Nicaragua, since it enables them to have a decent job.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Janice Crossfield



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