A loan of $975 helped buy zinc.

Piedad Arminda's story

Mrs. Piedad C. is 50 years old. She is not married and lives withher partner, with whom she has started to sell food from home.

The area where she lives (Trinataria island, Guayaquil) is a marginal neigbhood, which does not have basic services such as paved streets and sewage system.

She likes her food business because the investment is never lost, even though this business demands more hard work. She gets up very early in the morning and cleans her house, in order to start selling "encebollados" (typical Equatorian dish). She buys fish (US$ 15), yuka roots (US$ 5) and other ingredients (US$ 10) in order to prepare the "encebollados".

She intends to buy zinc to apply to her house roof with the loan. Her goal for the future is to own a place to rent it.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Giovanna Fernandes

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