A loan of $800 helped tanks of gas.

Paquita Pastora's story

Paquita L., 48, lives in the peri urban area of Guayaquil, which has all of the basic services. Her husband works as a taxi driver in his car. They have four children. The 22 and 23 year old children work. The 18 and 12 year olds go to public school.

Paquita started 15 years ago when a friend lent her some gas cylinders to use and sell. Little by little she started to buy and sell more cylinders. Now Paquita works from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. everyday. Her children help her. She sells each cylinder for $2.25. One of the problems she has is the delinquency in her area.

With this loan she wants to buy more gas cylinders and improve her business location. In the future she wants to have a gas distributorship and be able to build branch businesses.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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