A loan of $800 helped to buy items for the home pantry such as grains and legumes, frozen goods and lollies, amongst others.

Lorena Cleotilde's story

Lorenza Cleotilde is an adult who is married with four children, all of whom are independent. She comes from one of the towns of Chinandega, located in the west of the country. This area is known for business, fishing and tourism due to its beautiful beaches.

Cleotilde owns a grocery store which she runs from her home selling items for the home pantry such as oil, beans, rice, sugar, frozen goods, lollies, detergent, shampoo, and soft drinks, amongst others. She makes her sales in cash to different distributors and markets in the community. Her sales are in cash but on some occasions she allows her regular customers to pay on credit, which is then repaid to her weekly.

One of Cleotilde's dreams is to see her business expand so that she can offer her customers new and better products. The aim of this loan is to invest in working capital so that she can buy food items, since orders are higher during this season than at other times. Cleotilde is very grateful for the support that Kiva lenders offer people with low income resources.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Suzanne Grasso

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