A loan of $225 helped to purchase pigs and ingredients for making nacatamales.

Lesvia Esperanza's story

Lesvia us 57 years old, is the mother of five children, and lives in the Department of Chinandega in the western part of the country. She is a hardworking, responsible woman who owns a business selling general merchandise and butchering pigs. She also sells food on the weekends. She makes very delicious nacatamales, a traditional dish in her region. She started this business 21 years ago to make ends meet as she was a single mother and had five children to feed. As an enterprising woman, she decided that in addition to making nacatamales and butchering pigs she would also sell slippers and clothing as a street vendor in order to make more money. One day she hopes to fix up her kitchen which is in need of repairs.

The goal of this loan is to invest in working capital and purchase a litter of pigs for growing and selling now that they are fetching a good price. Lesvia is grateful for the assistance that Kiva donors provide to persons of limited resources and impoverished countries such as Nicaragua. Thanks to these donors she has been able to grow her business and improve her quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer JOHN NELSON

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