A loan of $750 helped purchase rice, sugar, cooking oil, chicken, chicken gizzards, eggs, bathroom tissue, charcoal, coconuts and bananas.


Armenia Del Socorro's story

Armenia del Socorro Pérez Montalván, a small business owner, is a 48-year-old married mother of two school age children in the city of Bluefields. This small business owner has run a general store for 15 years. She has been stocking the store little by little, and it helps her defray some of the costs of education and of food for the household. She lives in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, called Nueva York. The small business owner says that one of her most popular products is charcoal, which is used in preparing meals. Other popular items are chicken gizzards—since they are cheaper than chicken itself—and coconuts, which are used to add flavor to the regional dishes. Nevertheless, she needs funds in order to purchase the following: two 100-pound sacks of American rice at $48.00 USD each, two 100-pound sacks of sugar at $33.00 USD each, 2 drums of cooking oil at $35.00 USD each, 50 pounds of whole chicken at $1.90 USD a pound, 50 pounds of chicken gizzards at $1.20 USD a pound, 5 boxes of eggs at $3.00 USD each, 6 large packs of bathroom tissue at $8.00 USD each, 20 sacks of charcoal at $10.00 USD each, 50 coconuts at $1.20 USD each, and 100 bananas at 40 cents each.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Casian



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