A loan of $675 helped to build a bathroom.

Maxima Rosa's story

On the streets of the city of Esteli, every morning the voice of a 63 year old woman is heard, calling "rosquillas, buy your delicious rosquillas" (donuts)
This is Máxima, better known to her neighbors as Mancha. She is single, and the mother of five children between the ages of 21 and 42. One of her daughters lives with her as does a grandson. For 26 years Máxima has been a street vendor of rosquillas, work she has enjoyed since learning how from her mother at age 16. Her mother also sold donuts. As time passed, Máxima saw this as a socioeconomic opportunity, so that for her donut sales became not just a pastime, but a way to support her children.

Máxima only studied till high school, due to financial needs, but always taught her children the importance of education. Helping her children has been essential for her, because Máxima thinks of her family as the most important thing. For this reason she wants to improve the hygienic conditions in her home. She needs a loan to build a bathroom, since the state of the current one is dreadful. The bathroom lacks a shower and has only barrels for water storage. The walls are partially made of metal sheets; the floor is cement, and the only light comes through the roof. With the bathroom improved, Máxima, her daughter and especially her grandson can enjoy better sanitary service. Among her goals is to keep growing professionally, in order to little by little invest in home improvements.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Heatherly

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