In the hilly town of Jinotepe, Nicaragua, Nelson Zuniga Lopez tends to his 60,000 orange, lemon, mango, guava and cocoa trees on his one acre plot of land.
In San Marcos, Nicaragua, a small stature, elderly woman is known in her community as “Santa Claus.”
In a bustling market of Jinotepe, Nicaragua, Juana Cano works day and night selling soup to hungry customers.
Ms. Yelba obtained her first loan in February 2003 with C$ 700.00 córdobas (about $45 dollars) she purchased pigs. She is currently in her 28th loan cycle.
When Francisco Ruiz was visited by Raidel, a FINCA individual loan officer, he did not imagine that he would become a great success story.
Nicolasa Carolina López Rodriguez, who lives in a small town on the outskirts of Managua, recalls the tremendous hardships she endured as a young single mother: “My husband abandoned me, leaving me with five young children.