A loan of $800 helped to invest in working capital and stock up her grocery store with consumable goods such as rice, beans, sugar, milk, bread, cheese, matches, sweets, fruit juices, fizzy drinks, "chicha" (a corn drink) and "tiste".


Miriam Del Carmen's story

Miriam is 48 years old, married and has two children, both of whom are in school. Miriam is originally from La Paz, in the west of the country, an area known for its typical food such as "quesillo" (a cheese dish) and "tiste" (a drink made with achiote). Miriam is hard-working, responsible, and has a desire to get ahead. Thanks to her efforts and her desire to get ahead, Miriam has a grocery store, a small shop where she sells consumable goods, such as rice, beans, sugar, milk, bread, cheese, matches, sweets, fruit juices and fizzy drinks. Miriam works some twelve hours every day and runs the business out of her home. This loan will be used to invest in working capital and stock up her grocery store with consumable goods such as rice, beans, sugar, milk, bread, cheese, matches, sweets, fruit juices, fizzy drinks, "chicha" (a corn drink) and "tiste". This will allow Miriam to earn a higher income in the not-too-distant future. Miriam is grateful to Kiva lenders for support poor countries such as a Nicaragua and for giving poor people an opportunity to have a decent job.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw



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