A loan of $1,000 helped buy more oil, soap, tuna, and sardines.

Rosa Maria's story

Rosa A. is 36. She lives in an area with scant basic services, which is located in Paraíso de Guayaquil. She has a brick house, and the road is not paved.

Ten years ago Rosa started selling fruits and vegetables from a basket by traveling to various areas near her house. Later, with her small income and her effort, she was able to buy a cart. The cart would help her establish the business that would assure her family’s future.

Five years ago she was able to set up a small grocery store in her house. She sells lentils, kidney beans, fruit, and rice, etc. One of the biggest difficulties Rosa has is taking care of the fruit so that it does not get covered in dust so that she can bring the food from long distances. With help from her husband, a guard, she is able to support her two children. They are seven and nine, and they attend public school near their house.

She wants to use the loan to buy more oil, soap, tuna, and sardines to expand her store. In the future she wants to stock her store with school supplies. That way she will better equip it with necessities in order to be able to assure her family’s future.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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