A loan of $500 helped to buy personal-size Coca Cola bottles, Big Cola in 360mL bottles, Big Cola in 500mL bottles, Coca Cola in 500mL bottles, Coca Cola in liter bottles, women's and men's pants, varied women's blouses, unisex children's outfits, and men's shirts.

Rosa María's story

Rosa lives in the city of Masaya, known as the City of Flowers. She is twenty-nine years old, is a tradeswoman, and her family is made up of her husband and two young daughters who are both studying in primary school.

Her business consists of a small trade in selling carbonated beverages and other products, like men's, women's and children's clothing. She began this business with a little capital and with the purpose of contributing to her home's income; the family had grown with two daughters and her husband's work was not enough to maintain the entire family.

Presently, the girls are of school age and their education demands a larger expense for the family. The carbonated beverages she orders are delivered to her house when the distributer company passes by, and the buying that she does for her clothing sales is done in the Eastern market, which is located in the city of Managua; she has to travel to get there. She recently decided to additionally make lunches in order to grow her income, and she is attracting clients.

For these reasons, she needs to invest in her business; this is why she is requesting financing that will help her with the demand of her store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christina Mellace

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