A loan of $175 helped to buy nails, iron, metal sheeting, pipes, glue, lamps, and screws, among other things.

Carlos Jose's story

Carlos Jose, 54, is married and lives in Chinandega in the western part of the country. He works selling hardware goods, like nails, iron, valves, wire, metal sheeting, spare bicycle parts, screwdrivers, and screws, among other things. He buys these products in the department of Managua and sells to traders in the markets. He also sells used clothing as a walking vendor in various neighborhoods of Chinandega. He started his business primarily as a mechanic and with the income he earned, he managed to start his business. He has been doing this work for 11 years. One of his greatest wishes is to be able to continue working and move his family forward. He is asking for the loan to buy goods like iron, metal sheeting, wire, pipes, pvc glue, and lamps, among other things, so that he can have better economic stability for his family. He is grateful for the help and support that Kiva lenders offer to people with few resources and to poor countries like Nicaragua so that they can have dignified work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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