A loan of $300 helped to buy staple goods such as rice, oil, beans, sugar, salt, peppers, candy, detergent, and frozen products, among others.

Juana Doribel's story

Juana Doribel is single and originally from Chinandega, which is located in the western part of the country. She is a hardworking woman who is a fighter in life. She started to work when she was very young to help her parents with the family expenses. Unfortunately, she was unable to study at university, which was one of her dreams, but with plenty of effort she finished secondary school.

Juana owns a small grocery store, which is located in her home. Her business consists of selling everyday consumer goods in small quantities, such as packets of coffee, shampoo, or soap for washing clothing, toothpaste, a pound of rice, a quarter of oil, frozen products, and soft drinks, among other products. She buys her products from distributors who visit her and offer their products.

Juana wakes up very early to open her business so that she can better attend her regular and potential clients. She closes very late at night. She works for about ten hours per day. Her clientele has been increasing due to the quality of her products and her good customer service.

She has applied for a loan to invest in working capital and stock her grocery store in order to offer a better service to her clients. In the near future, she would like to increase her earnings. Juana Doribel is grateful for the help which the Kiva lenders offer to people with limited resources in poor countries such as Nicaragua, so that they can have a decent livelihood.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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