A loan of $800 helped to buy consumer goods to expand her grocery store, and also to buy general merchandise like school supplies and cosmetics among other things.

Mayra Luisa's story

Mayra Luisa, 50, lives in Chinandega department in the western part of the country. She owns a grocery store where she sells staple goods, sweets, and cosmetics like creams, shampoos, perfumes, makeup, wet wipes, and other things, as well as general merchandise like hair bows, hair ties, notebooks, pencils, folders, crepe paper, glue, and the like. She began to work from an early age and little by little she was able to improve her economic condition. Currently she is applying for a loan to invest in her business, increasing her inventory because demand has increased and she wants to provide better service to her clientele. Mayra feels very glad for the support and help that Kiva lenders offer to people with scarce resources and poor countries like Nicaragua so that they may have dignified work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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