A loan of $700 helped invest in working capital and stock her business by buying raw materials to make tiste such as: corn, cacao, and wood.

Agueda De Jesus's story

Agueda is a 58 year old single mother, with one son, who is currently in college, under her care. She is a native of Leon, a place located in the western region of the country. She is known for being a hardworking and responsible woman with a desire for personal improvement. Unfortunately, she was not able to attend school, and has had to work from a very young age in order to get ahead in life and afford her household expenses.

Thanks to her efforts and desire to get ahead, she has a business selling tiste in her home. Tiste is a traditional drink from the region made from a corn and cacao base. She devotes about eight hours a day to her business, offering her product. The goal of this loan is to invest in working capital and purchase corn, cacao and wood to make the tiste.

Agueda is thankful for the help that the Kiva lender give to people of few resources in poor countries such as Nicaragua so that they may have a dignified source of work.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Roberto Henry

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