A loan of $525 helped buy general merchandise, including clothing, shoes, items from China, and creams, among other things.

Robertha Lisseth's story

Robertha Lisseth, 35 years old and married with 2 children still under her care, came originally from Chinandega in the west of the country. She is the proprietor of a general merchandise store that sells clothing, shoes, cosmetics, silverware, perfume, and creams, among other items. Robertha imports her goods from outside the country, paying in cash, then distributes the merchandise to retail merchants in this locality, and to her fixed customers.

One of Robertha's dreams is to be able to improve her house and see her children become professionals, something that, lamentably, she herself could not achieve. Her goal for this loan is to purchase general merchandise to take advantage of seasonal sales when demand grows and profits increase.

Little by little, Robertha has been able to stabilize her position in this very competitive market. And, thanks to Kiva investors offering loans to people of meager economic resources, she has been able to make some improvements in her quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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