A loan of $1,000 helped purchase drinks, rice, and sugar.

Maria Magdalena's story

María Méndez is 36 years old and lives in the periurban district of Paraíso in Guayaquil. Her house is made of cement and receives electricity as its only basic service. She is a single mother with two daughters.

María began selling vegetables and rice from her home. When she saved up sufficient capital, she opened a store in a space that she built in front of her house. She now sells drinks, rice, canned goods, and meats. Her store is also equipped with phone booths. María and her daughter work together from the very early hours of the morning.

With this loan, María will purchase beverages, rice, and sugar for her business. In the future, she wants to open an Internet café.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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