Total loan: $1,000

Esmelida Amarile

Guayaquil (Fortin), Guayas, Ecuador / Retail

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A loan helped Purchase showcase, notebooks, and clothes.

Esmelida Amarile's story

Esmelida P. is 38 years old. She lives in the suburban zone of Fortín D. Guayaquil. Her dwelling only has light and water, she is a single mother with 2 children, 16 and 12 years old.

It has been difficult being a single mother so 6 years ago, because of her children, she decided to get a loan from her sister who lives abroad. Esmelida invested the money in a small stationery store in a place called Bahia (place in Guayaquil where many informal merchants have small businesses).

She moved the stationery store to her house and started selling clothes and toys. She works from 6:00am to 8:00pm with the help of her mother. Criminality in Fortín is unstoppable so therefore she closes her business early.

With the loan she will buy a showcase, notebooks, and clothes for her business. In the future she wishes to set up telephone booths at her business.

Translated from Spanish by Lene Struck Christensen, Kiva Volunteer