A loan of $1,250 helped to stock her store with new clothing like pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, blouses, t-shirts, camisoles, and undergarments, as well as sheet and towel sets.


Leydy Melania's story

Leydy Melania is a 26 year-old single mother with one child who is two months old. She is originally from Managua, which is located in the central zone of the country. Leydy is known for being a hard working, responsible person with a desire for self-improvement -- now more than ever, as she is experiencing the reality of being a single mother. She has to fight day in and day out for the well-being of her child. Unfortunately, due to a lack of economic resources, she was not able to pursue a university degree. However, she would have really liked to have studied for a nursing degree.

Thanks to her spirit and desire to get ahead, she sells new clothing like pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, blouses, t-shirts, camisoles, and undergarments, as well as sheet and towel sets. She has been doing this work for eight years, at one of the markets in her town. Her goal with this loan is to invest in working capital and to stock her clothing business. Leydy's work routine is to work ten hours a day so that some day in the not-too-distant future she can obtain better income. Leydy is grateful for the help that Kiva lenders are offering to people with scarce resources in poor countries like Nicaragua, so that they can work with dignity.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katie Kavanagh



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