A loan of $850 helped to buy firewood, meat, tomatoes, potatoes, banana leaves and a barrel.

Jeanine Del Rosario's story

Jeanine, 59, is from Matagalpa, and currently lives in Managua. She is the single mother of one son and she works as a merchant who makes and sells nacatamales [banana leaf wrapped meat and rice dish].

She has owned her business for over twenty years. She completed her studies up to her junior year in high school.

She started her work by helping her mother. It was there that she gained experience and a full understanding of the business. Once she came of age she decided to keep going in the same line of work because it generated a lot of profit on a daily basis.

This has been her first business which she runs with her son and mom. She sells her product in the nearby neighborhoods where she lives.

She is requesting the loan to buy firewood, meat, tomatoes, potatoes, banana leaves and a barrel to store the nacatamales.
All of the ingredients she needs for cooking and to give the nacatamales taste.

The loan will help her a lot since she will be able to invest more in her inventory increasing her production.

In this way she will obtain the best income for her family. One of her goals is to diversify her business to other areas as her wish is to become one of the best merchants in the area.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sofie Bjorksten

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