A loan of $450 helped to purchase rice, chicken, and oil for her business.


Michelle Maria's story

Michelle G. is 21 years old and lives in the neighborhood of Fortin in the outlying areas of Guayaquil. Four years ago, she began selling products in a small store in Guayaquil, but since she had to change locations, she has been running the store from her house for the last two years.

Now Michelle works from 6:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M. In her store she has rice at $.30 a pound, chicken at $1.40 a pound, and oils at $.65 each. One of the greatest difficulties for her business is government rationing of energy. Her husband is 28 years old and works in Sauces 9 market in Guayaquil. With him she has two children; a one-year-old and a three-year-old.

With this loan she wants to buy rice, chicken, and soft drinks to expand her business. In the future she would like to set up a well-stocked store with an office, for which she is currently studying this profession.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mark Broscoe



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