A loan of $800 helped to invest in capital and stock her business buying and selling chemical products like air fresheners, chlorine, and Pinesol.

Maria Milagros's story

María, 52 years old, is a single mother with two children who are in school, one at university and one in secondary school. She comes from Jinotepe, located in the north of the country. She is known as a hard-working and responsible woman, who from a young age has had to struggle in life to provide stability for her children as both father and mother. Unfortunately, for lack of economic support she could not go to school. Today, she continues her struggle to survive and maintain her source of income.

Thanks to her efforts and her desire to get ahead, her economic activity consists of selling chemical products, which she carries out from her home. She has been doing this work for 20 years, and she does it very happily as it has provided her family with a livelihood. She dedicates herself to her business 8 hours a day, offering products like scented air fresheners, chlorine, and Pinesol.

The goal of this loan is to invest in work capital to stock her store, so that in the not-too-distant future she can earn a higher income. María is grateful for the support that Kiva lenders provide to people with scarce resources and poor countries like Nicaragua, to be able to have a means of decent work.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristen McNeill

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