A loan of $500 helped to buy clothes, stuffed animals, and makeup.

Geovanny Melquiades's story

Geovanny Melquiades Z. R. lives in the Paraiso district of Guayaquil. He lives in a cement home with water and light; however, it lacks paved roads and a sewer system. He has 3 children, who are aged 7, 8 and 12; all are in the public school system.

Mr. Z. used to work in a food market called Montebello. One day he decided to bring some vegetables home to sell. He sold the products rapidly, so he decided to create a mini market in his home, and little by little it has grown. Now he has expanded it into a bazaar. He works from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. with his wife. Their best-selling items are rice, shampoo and cola.

Mr. Z. is trying to augment the bazaar portion of his store, so he is requesting a loan to buy clothes, stuffed animals and makeup. He says these items are especially popular around the holidays. Transportation of products is a huge obstacle for him, so in the future he hopes to have a vehicle. Any assistance in helping Mr.Z.`s business grow is very much appreciated!

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