A loan of $1,200 helped to buy sweets, colas and snacks.

Maura Melva's story

Maura Tómala, 55, lives on the outskirts of the Perimetral de Guayaquil, in a brick house with water and light as her basic services. She has been separated for 10 years from her husband, with whom she had a daughter.

Maura started working as a seamstress in her house and, with the little income she earned from doing this activity, was able to set up a small stall selling sweets. She now works every day, selling colas, sweets, snacks etc. One of the major difficulties that she has in her business is the crime in her area.

With the loan, she would like to buy snacks, sweets, colas, jellies, to have a greater range in her business. In the future, she would like to set up a goods store in her house and thereby be able to improve her house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephen Bayley

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