A loan of $1,000 helped purchase cement & stone; pay for labor.

Cristina Soraisa's story

Cristina S. is 24 years old and lives in a periurban district located along the Perimetral Highway of Guayaquil. Her house is made of cement and receives only water and electricity as its basic services. She is separated from her husband and has no children.

Cristina’s parents opened a store many years ago. When her parents became elderly and could no longer work, she took over the store. Now Cristina works with her sister every day from 6am until 9pm. They serve approximately 200 customers each day. They sell rice for $0.23/lb, sugar for $0.50/lb, and tuna for $1.00/can. One problem they encounter is when the streets get muddy because of the rain.

With this loan, Cristina will buy cement and stone, as well as pay for labor to make improvements to her home. In the future, she would like to open another branch of her store so that she can secure her parents’ future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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