A loan of $975 helped a member to invest in working capital and purchase foods and other goods for her business: rice, beans, sugar, milk, bread, eggs, detergent, soap, juice, sodas, matches, and tiste [a sweet regional drink].

G.s. Rios De Agua Viva Group's story

The Ríos de Agua [River of Waters] Solidarity Group consists of three women who are the mothers of seven children. The members are from Nagarote in western Nicaragua, an area known for its typical cuisines, such as quesillos (cheese-filled tortillas). These three women are hardworking and trustworthy, with a strong desire to succeed. Unfortunately, a lack of financial resources meant that they could not pursue an education, so the members had to work to support their households. They are currently striving to provide their children a better future.

Elsa is the group's coordinator, thanks to her efforts and ambitions to improve her life. She runs a small grocery store that sells small amounts of foods and other goods: sugar, milk bread, eggs, matches, ice cream, tiste, cuaja [a local cheese], cream, oil, cigarettes, juices, and sodas. Elsa works at the store 12 hours a day, every day. The purpose of this loan is to invest in working capital and purchase foods and other goods for the business, which will boost income in the short term. The members of the Ríos de Agua Solidarity Group are grateful for the help that Kiva lenders provide to those with few financial resources and to poor countries such as Nicaragua so that people there can earn a decent living.

In this group: Elsa Gioconda, Martha Maria, Margarita Del Carmen

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephen Volante

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