A loan of $625 helped to buy a range of merchandise such as clothing for adults and children and a wide variety of flip flops.

Domingo Leonel's story

52-year-old Domingo Leonel is the father of one child and comes from Chinandega department, in the west of the country. He started his business 16 years ago with his own money which he worked very hard to save over the years. His business is located in small premises in one of the city markets. There he sells a range of merchandise including clothing for adults and children, and a wide variety of flip flops as this type of footwear is very much in demand among people who live in the town. Domingo's goal is to further invest in his business so that he can earn more profits and, in the not-so-distant future, carry out some home improvements because the income he currently makes from his sales is not enough to do this work. Domingo is grateful for the help that Kiva lenders give to people with limited resources in poor countries such as Nicaragua as it helps them to earn a decent living.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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