A loan of $700 helped working capital.

Marisol's story

Marisol V. is 40 years old and single. She has two children: a son, 17, who is in his 5th year of secondary school, and a daughter, 4, who is in the 3rd year of preschool. Her partner sells electrical appliances. She wants to increase her inventory so she can improve business and provide a selection of products for her customers to choose from. Her dream is to give her children a good start so they can have a promising future; it is very important to Marisol that her children be professionals. She wants to grow her business and open a store where she'll have more space for her clientele and her merchandise.

She's been in business for 4 years, selling everyday products like undergarments, shirts, pants, shorts and sandals. Marisol went into her own business because she needed take responsibility for the household expenses. She searched for the right kind of work and settled on selling clothing in general, but decided to start small by visiting friends and neighbors with items like undergarments, pants, and shirts. In addition to this humble profession, Marisol works in a hospital as a nurse. She has not had sufficient income, and has worked hard to achieve her goals so she can give her children what they need. Thus far she has succeeded in keeping up both careers, despite how little time she has. She has a strong desire to overcome, although she has done so only through great sacrifice. Marisol is seeking a loan for working capital, to buy inventory; she needs to search for better merchandise in different areas such as Managua and Chinandega.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske

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