A loan of $600 helped to buy one bundle each of children's clothing, adult clothing, sheets, and towels.

Lesbia Elisalda's story

Small-businesswoman Lesbia Elisalda B. has worked in clothing sales for many years. She had always wanted her own business, and 5 years ago she established one selling used clothing in the Barrio Central neighborhood of the city of Bluefields. The clothing she buys is from the United States and she buys it in Managua. With this business being well-established, Lesbia has a good network of habitual customers, and she lets them know when she has a new bundle of clothing.

Lesbia is married and has 4 children. Her husband is a taxi driver and helps with the family’s expenses. Lesbia has already received a loan from ADEPHCA and she used it to grow her business and she had no troubles with the payments for the loan. Since she had such success with the first loan, she is requesting another. With this money, she will buy a bale of children’s clothing for US $200.00, a bale of adult clothing for US$150.00, a bale of sheets for US$150.00, and a bale of towels for US$100. She has sold the majority of these things in the past, but she will use a part of this loan to grown her business to include sheets, which she has never sold but which customers are requesting.

Lesbia has many dreams for her family. She currently has a wooden house, and she would like to build one of cement. Also, she has children who want to go to good universities in the city of León, which is located in a different area Nicaragua. She says it is difficult and expensive, but she wants the best for her children and so she keeps working hard for them.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day

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