A loan of $1,000 helped to buy flipflops, shorts and swimsuits, and also to buy maize and firewood.

Yelba Meyling's story

Yelba is a humble lady, 45 years old. She is from Managua. She is single and a mother with one child, who is an adult now. She works in sales, selling clothes and tortillas.

Due to her economic situation she was only able to complete her 5th year of secondary education.

She started her small business at 19 years old. She needed a way to support herself and to be independent, with a means of generating income herself. At the start it was difficult because she sold very few clothes and shoes. Then she decided to set up another business selling tortillas in order to earn some extra income. At present, together with her daughter, they have managed to keep the business stable.

The earnings she has made from the business have enabled her to make improvements to her house. She has other sources of income, such as money that one brother sends her.

Yelba is requesting this finance to buy flipflops, shorts and swimsuits, and also to buy corn and firewood. She considers that the loan will be of great help to her because it will enable her to buy all the products that she does not have in stock, with the aim of increasing her sales and meeting her customers’ needs. Her future plans include expanding her business to obtain better earnings.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Suzanne Carey

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