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Maria Gabriela
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Maria Gabriela is a merchant of new clothing, a job that has come about from the lack of employment. She had a job but she was fired when she got pregnant, but even today she continues with her business./p>

She lives in her own house and she has two children who are still minors. One is attending primary school at Asuncion Primary School and the other is still a newborn. Her husband works in the fast food and delivery sector, these being the primary income of the family.

The sales she carries on are in cash and by credit (collecting weekly and bi-weekly payments) for clients in the area. She makes her purchases in Managua and Chinandega.

Her dream is to set up a clothing store in her house and to settle in to her house because they had little time. She wants to remodel because the new house is not finished lacking bedrooms, bathrooms and other divisions.

Translated from Spanish by Erika Lindig, Kiva Volunteer.

La señora Maria Gabriela, es comerciante de ropa nueva, actividad que surge como una alternativa al desempleo ya que estuvo trabajando pero al salir embarazada fue despedida, y actualmente trabaja con dicho negocio.
Vive en casa propia es casada tiede dos hijos menores de edad, una estudia primaria en el colegio la asunción y el otro es recien nacido, su esposo trabaja en servicios de comida rapida con entega a domicilio, siendo los ingresos del nuceo familiar.
Sus ventas las realiza de contado y credito que recupera en abonos semanales y quincenales, a clientes del sector, sus compras las realiza en managua y chinandega.

Sus sueños son instalar una tienda de ropa en su casa de habitación y acondicionar su casa ya que es casa nueva teniendo poco tiempo de haberse traslado a este domicilio y no tiene las condiciones necesarias como cuarto, baños, en especial divisiones internas del inmueble.

Additional Information

Fundación Leon 2000

This loan is administered by Fundación Leon 2000. Fundación Leon 2000 began operations in 1993 as the first microfinance institution to serve the western part of Nicaragua, a country which continues to be one of the poorest in the western hemisphere. Fundación Leon 2000 works to further the development of micro, small, and medium enterprises through credit services and management, applying the best credit industry practices and technical expertise. Additionally, Fundación Leon manages several business and financial education programs in the community, specifically for young entrepreneurs and at-risk youth. Fundación Leon 2000’s group of experienced and dedicated employees works in 7 offices in Leon, Chinandega, Chichigalpa, Somotillo, Jinotepe, El Sauce, and Nagarote and serves several thousand clients (the majority of whom are women).

About Nicaragua

  • $4,800
    Average annual income
  • 53
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    Nicaragua Loans Fundraising
  • $26,258,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 19.7
    Nicaragua Cordobas (NIO) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $725 helped Maria Gabriela working capital.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
16 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 16, 2008
Jul 29, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 15, 2009