A loan of $700 helped to purchase construction materials including purlines, cement, lime, sand, and gravel, and to hire laborers.

Maria Vilma's story

María Vilma is older, with two adult children, and lives in the Chinandega District of western Nicaragua. She butchers pigs and sells delicious foods, including Nicaraguan-style tamales, pepenas [a regional style of taco], pork dishes, pork rinds, and other fried foods. María has always been very industrious and started working very young to support her children and provide them with a better future. María butchers pigs twice a week, purchasing the animals at local markets and selling the foods she prepares in local markets.

María is requesting funds for improvements to her home: installation of a roof and doors, and plaster for the walls. She's wanted to make these repairs since she bought the house, but has lacked the funds to pay for them.

This is not María first loan, and she's proven her reliability by making full and timely payments in the past. María's dream is to finish the work on her home and live under a full roof. She plans to use this loan to purchase construction materials, including purlines, metal roofing material, cement, lime, sand, gravel, and nails. María is grateful for the help of Kiva lenders to people with limited financial means in countries such as Nicaragua, who face so many challenges.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephen Volante

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