A loan of $1,100 helped sweets, supplies, and rice.

Argelis Rolando's story

Argelia N. is 27 years old. His house is made of cement, and it is located in Paraíso de Guayaquil. His wife works as a nursery school teacher in the Simon Bolívar Institue in Guayaquil. He has two children; one is one year old and the other is five months.

Argelis started working in his mother’s pharmacy. Little by little he was able to get together money to buy the pharmacy. In order to have additional income, a few years later he put a store with a few things next to the pharmacy. Arcelis now works from six until three from Monday to Sunday in the pharmacy and the store. One of the biggest problems is the rationing of electricity by the government.

With the loan he wants to buy sweets, supplies, and rice for the store. In the future he wants to expand his business with a branch and increase the products that he sells.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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