A loan of $400 helped to buy trinkets, juice, sodas, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, paper towels.

Maria Isabel's story

Maria Isabel has been running a general store in one of the parks in Chinandega for seven years. She takes care of the park's berry trees and also established her salespoint there of essential items and trinkets.

Maria Isabel is the mother of four children who depend on her. She used to work as a teacher in Honduras but decided to save to go to Nicaragua to work and set up her own business. Her husband helps cover expenses since he also has a business, so they share in providing for the household. She is someone who enjoys working and getting ahead.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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