A loan of $1,000 helped to buy rice, cooking oil, and detergent.

Zoila Mercedes's story

Zoila V. is 47 years old and she lives in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Guayquil, located on the Perimetral road. Her house is made of cement and she has all of the basic services [water, electricity, etc.]. Her husband sells household items. She has two children with him.

Zoila and her husband began by working as street vendors in Guayaquil, selling household items. Eventually their economic situation stabilized and they opened a small store.

She now works from 7:00AM until 10:00PM, with her daughter’s help. She sells rice, sugar, detergents, and household items. One of the difficulties she has to deal with is crime in her neighborhood.

With the loan she wants to buy rice, cooking oils, and detergent for her business. In the future she wants to have her own mini market.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day

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