A loan of $600 helped buy new glasses frames to sell to her clients.

Estrella's story

Estrella sells glasses and doing eye exams in Guayaquil. After working at an optometrist’s office for some time Estrella saved enough money to start her own business. She had to make a $480 investment in the glasses kit that she uses to take people’s measurements. After she takes the measurements and her clients chose the frames she sends the glasses in to get the correct lens put in. She mostly sells in her community, but also travels to colleges, churches and hospitals selling her products. She is very popular because there are not any optometrists that will go to their clients, especially in these marginalized communities.

She is currently separated from her husband and has the responsibility of providing for herself and her 15 year old child while he finished high school. Her dream is to finish her studies at the university so she can be a certified optometrist. She eventually wants to open her own office. She will invest the money in new frames and a second display case.

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