A loan of $650 helped purchase snacks, legumes, sodas and lotions.

Estela Del Carmen's story

Estela P. is 48 years old and lives in the suburbs of Paraíso de Guayaqui. She is divorced because her husband left her when her duaghter was three years old. Now she is 15 and is in school. Estela started out selling perfumes and lotions, and thanks to her good profits she began selling edible items out of her home. She works from 6 in the morning until dusk every day selling rice, sugar, sodas, lotions, perfumes, etc. One of the problems she has with her store is the lack of security in the area. With the loan, she plans to purchase snacks, legumes, sodas and lotions to add more variety to her store. In the future she wants to enlarge her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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