A loan of $800 helped to buy vegetables, rice, sugar, soft drinks.

Mercedes Del Carmen's story

Mercedes is 44 years old and lives in a suburb of Paraíso de Guayaquil. She has basic services in her home, such as water and electricity. Her husband is a brick maker. She has had four daughters with her husband, and they are all adults.

Mercedes began selling vegetables and little by little added other edible goods. When she has enough savings, she will move to larger premises. She now works Monday through Sunday with her daughters, selling rice, sugar, soft drinks, vegetables, etc. One of the inconveniences that she faces is transporting the merchandise to her shop.

With this loan, she wants to buy rice, vegetables, sugar, and soft drinks,to increase her stock. In the future, she wants to buy a van to transport her merchandise and to improve her house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Hynd

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