A loan of $800 helped to invest in working capital and to supply her business with soft drinks and natural drinks such as cacao, banana and milk, fruit salad, passion fruit, pineapple, and dragon fruit.

Maria Mercedes's story

Maria Mercedes, 32, is a single mother with a young son. She is originally from León, located in the western part of the country. She is known for being a hard worker and a responsible person with a desire to overcome. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to study a degree and she saw the need to work at an early age. At the present time, she is striving to offer her son a better future.

Thanks to her efforts and her desire to come out ahead, as an economic activity she sells soft drinks and drinks out of a room in her house. She works around 8 hours a day.

The loan will be used to invest in working capital and provide her business with the purchase and sale of soft drinks and natural drinks such as pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, cacao, banana and milk, so that in the near future she can obtain a better income.

Maria Mercedes is grateful to Kiva lenders for the help they offer to people of limited resources and poor countries such as Nicaragua, in order to have ways of earning a living with dignity.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diana Lima

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