A loan of $650 helped to invest capital in the business for materials including fabric, linings, sponges, laces, thread, oil for the machine, needles, measuring tape, and zippers to make clothing.


Julia Mercedes's story

Julia Mercedes is 34 years old. She is married with three young children. They are 4, 8 and 12 years old. She is originally from Leon, which is located in the west area of the country. In her free time she likes to enjoy quality time with her small children by preparing them a typical dish of the area such as “sopa de leche” (milk soup).

Unfortunately, due to lack of financial means, she was not able to study a university career. She felt obligated to work from a young age. Currently she works hard everyday to give her family a better future.

Thanks to her sprit and her drive to get ahead, Julia she has a sewing business and she sells clothing that she creates. The business is located in her home and she works 8 hours a day in this activity such as creation of clothing such as shirts, skirts, shorts, sleepwear, and school uniforms.

The objective of the loan is to invest in capital for work and supply the business with the purchase of materials such as fabric, linings, sponges, laces, thread, oil for the machine, needles, measuring tape, and zippers. She needs these items so that in the near future she could have better income. Julia Mercedes is grateful for the help that the investors in Kiva provide the people of scanty resources and poor countries such as Nicaragua to have a better means of honest work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alana Abbitt-McGregor



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