A loan of $825 helped to stock her store.


Mercedes's story

Mercedes is 44 years old and the single mother with two children, ages 13 and 10. Both attend school. She is originally from Leon, an area located in the western part of the country. She likes to spend quality time with her children in her spare time, and cook typical food for them, such as nacatamales. Unfortunately, she was not able to attend university due to lack of financial resources. She had to go to work at an early age in order to provide a better future for her children.

Thanks to her spirit and desire to get ahead, she set up a convenience store in her home. It’s a store where she sells small quantities of merchandise such as coffee, shampoo, rice, beans, sugar, milk, and bread. She works 12 hours a day in her business and her goal is to invest in it so she can stock her store, buying and selling consumable products. She wants to have a better income in the near future. Mercedes is grateful for the help from the Kiva lenders who make it possible for people from poor countries, such as Nicaragua, to have dignified work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes



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