A loan of $1,200 helped to invest in working capital such as: children's and adult clothing, plastic goods and shoes, among other things.

Jacinta Andrea's story

Jacinta Andrea, who is 44, is a single mother of five children, two of whom are dependent on her. She comes from one of the towns in Chinandega department which is in the northwest of the country. Jacinta is a person who has worked tremendously hard to support her children since she was widowed and was forced to look elsewhere for an income to cover her household expenses. That was how she came to set up her grocery business; she already knew a bit about it as her husband was a shopkeeper. She has now been running her shop for 25 years and offers goods such as: children's, adults' and women's shoes, all types of clothing, plastic goods, fans and crockery, among other things. Her shop is located in her home and she travels to other places to buy her merchandise for cash and, from time to time, also goes to Managua. She sells her goods for cash and on credit to regular and casual customers and also travels around in search of new customers. She will use this loan to invest in her small shop and stock up with merchandise. One of her dreams is to see her two children study for a professional career and lead fulfilling lives. Jacinta is seeking the loan to buy general merchandise such as: different types of clothing, plastic goods and shoes, among other things.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Janice Crossfield

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