A loan of $625 helped to buy staples for her store.

Maria Elena's story

María, 41, is from the department of Managua in Nicaragua. She's a merchant and owns a small store that she started seven years ago with capital she had from severance pay when she was a worker in a textile company. She wanted to set up her own business so she decided to invest everything she had in setting up her store. To earn additional income she sells handmade sandals.

She's requesting the loan to buy staples, oil, toothpaste, toilet paper, detergent, soap, canned goods, cookies, bread, eggs, and milk.

She wants to have a food distributorship and sell in the market to attract more customers and improve her home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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