A loan of $1,000 helped to invest in working capital and stock up her grocery store with the purchase and resale of food and items such as rice, beans, milk, bread, eggs, matches, juice and detergent.


Brenda Johanna's story

Brenda is 50 years old and a single mother to adult children. She comes from the central area of the region. She is known for being responsible, hardworking and having a desire for self improvement. In her free time she likes to enjoy the company of her family and make them dishes such as 'indio viejo'. From a very young age she saw the need to work to help out with the household costs, and day after day she strives to maintain an income to live off. Thanks to Brenda's efforts and her desire to get ahead, she has set up a grocery store in her home which generates an income for her. It is a small store selling food and items such as rice, beans, milk, bread, eggs, matches, juice, and detergent. She spends 12 hours every day selling items so that in the not too distant future she can have a better income. Brenda is grateful for the help of Kiva lenders who offer people with scarce resources in poor countries like Nicaragua the opportunity to earn a decent living.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Suzanne Grasso



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