A loan of $525 helped working capital to purchase inventory.

Cristian Carolina's story

This micro-entrepreneur, Cristian Carolina R. S., is 30 years old. She is married and has two children. Her oldest son is six years old and has recently started the first grade. Her other son is 14 months old and doesn't study. Her husband works controlling the time for drivers' routes. Her desires are to actively maintain her business and thereby improve her situation in order to take care of her children because she needs them to get ahead so that in the future they can manage their own needs.

She wants to have a more suitable place so that her clients can better appreciate her products. Her business is selling handicrafts and imitation jewelry and she's located in the central park of León. She has had the business for 10 years. The way in which started is because of her mother because her mother was the one that had control of the business. Later she decided to become independent and create her own business so she started with an initial investment of US$300 that she used to buy one dozen T-shirts, three beach chairs and some jars that had "Nicaragua" on them. As time passed, she decided to increase the number of products. The financial assistance is for working capital that is needed to purchase key chains, typical dresses, beach chairs, hammocks and bags. These types of products are less expensive in Masaya.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugh Yarbrough

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