A loan of $800 helped to buy a camera.

Carmen Patricia's story

Carmen C., 36, lives in a periurban zone along Guayaquil's beltway. Her house is made of sugar cane stalks and the only utilities it has are electricity and running water. She is a single mother of three children: 10, 13, and 20 years of age. Many years ago, Carmen started taking pictures at children's parties with a borrowed camera. Little by little, she saved enough money to buy her own camera. Currently, she works as a photographer at schools and social events. She works with her eldest son. One of the difficulties is the high crime rate in her area. She will use the funds to buy a professional camera so that her son can work too. In the future, she would like to have a photography studio and a concrete house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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