A loan of $800 helped to buy products to stock her store.


Fatima Petrona's story

Fatima, age 56, is from León, which is in the western part of the country. Fatima is known for being hard-working and responsible with a desire for self-improvement. In her free time she likes to enjoy spending time with her children. Sadly, due to the lack of financial resources, she did not go to school. She was obliged to work at an early age in order to help with the household expenses. Thanks to her effort and her desire to get ahead, Fatima has a business activity, which is a store located in her home. It is a small store where she sells food products in small quantities. She sells things like eggs, rice, sugar, milk, bread, beans, detergent, soap, cooking oil, vegetables, herbal tea, and juice. She works some ten hours a day selling her products. She does this in order to be able to get better income in the not so distant future. Fatima is grateful for the help that the Kiva lenders give to people with scarce resources in poor countries like Nicaragua so that they can have have ways of earning a living with dignity.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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