A loan of $1,000 helped buy products for resale.

Viccia Ester's story

Viccia M., 56, lives on the outskirts of the Ecuadorean city of Guayaquil, in a house with all basic services. Her husband drives a bus and they have 3 children, 25-, 26-, and 28-years old. Viccia started out with a stall, outside her house, selling candy and snacks and, over time, she used the money that she earned to add new products. She now has a store, in her house, where she works every day from 5:00 in the morning to late in the evening. She sells sugar for $0.28 a pound; rice for $0.35 a pound; cooking oil for $1.25, bottled drinks, etc. One of the regular obstacles that she faces is the many drunks in the neighborhood. With the loan, she will buy bottled drinks, vegetables and rice so that she will have more products to sell. In the future, she wants to expand the store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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