A loan of $1,025 helped to buy stock merchandise and to pay transportation costs.

Tomas De Jesús's story

Tomas was born in Masaya, the city of flowers and birthplace of Nicaraguan folklore. He’s 50-years-old, married and a merchant. His nuclear family is composed of his wife and children who are all now independent adults.

Tomas has a grocery store he runs with his wife. Between the two of them they have gotten ahead because in addition to this home-based business he also goes out to sell video and music CDs. He comments that he does not like to be idle and despite his age is still very motivated to continue improving and making progress doing what he likes to do. He’s a very active, hardworking man with good moral values. His customers are neighbors, passersby and people who come from the rural zones; this is where his greatest clientele is concentrated. He buys his basic grains from the wholesale foodstuffs market and the other products at the municipal market.

At present, he’s requesting a loan to invest in his grocery store. He will buy soft-drinks, oil, beans, sugar, firewood, snacks and rice. He states that this loan will make it possible for him to provide better customers service by having a wider variety of goods available.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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