A loan of $600 helped for tools and equipment.

Gioconda Elizabeth's story

Gioconda M., 40, lives in the outskirts of Guayaquil. Her house is concrete but it only has running water and electricity; no sewerage. Gioconda opened a locksmith shop thanks to her husband who worked for a welder 10 years ago. However, because they did not pay him on time nor offer any benefits, he decided to use what he had learned and open his own shop. He also began to teach his skills to Gioconda. Now, Gioconda and her husband work from 8am to 5pm. They buy solder, anti-rust paint, and black metal sheets. Some of their better known customers bring their own raw materials in order to save a bit on costs. One of the greatest complications they face is when the government rations electricity use and some of the projects they work on irritate allergies in their three children, who are students at the local elementary school. With the funding she wants to buy tools and equipment so that she can have a larger customer turnover in order to provide a better life for her family. In the future, she would like to enlarge her business so that her children will have the opportunity to go to better schools.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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