Meet Grettel

Microfinance Client, Nicaragua

When Grettel Parrales married her husband Winston, she immediately got involved in the family business. Winston’s father Raymundo learned to make rope from his father, and purchased a rope-making machine from Costa Rica 36 years ago. He has spent the remainder of his career building a rope business in Jinotega, Nicaragua. When Winston was old enough to begin working, he joined his father in the business. And when Winston and Grettel got married, she jumped on board as well. 
When Grettel joined the business, she brought an important relationship with her – a partnership with Opportunity International. When she was just 18, she began working with Opportunity and received loans to support a clothing business that she operated with her mother. So when the rope business needed an influx of capital to grow, she knew exactly where to turn. 
She used her new loans to purchase nylon and other materials for the business, and before long, their nearly-empty table in the market was full of brightly-coloured ropes. They sell their items to coffee farmers and other members of their community, and their business is growing more quickly than ever. 
As their business began to grow, Grettel got pregnant and gave birth to her daughter, Brittany. Now, all of Grettel’s goals for her business center on her daughter’s future. She wants the best things for her daughter; she wants to give her a great life. 
When Grettel reflects on her ongoing partnership with Opportunity International, she speaks with gratitude. “People are so nice,” she says. “The door is always open for me at Opportunity.” She recently became the President of her Trust Group and is proud to lead the 20 people in her group, and she is personally saving her earnings so that she can open a real store instead of a simple table on the sidewalk.

She dreams of a bright future for her
family and she is doing whatever she can to achieve that.

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