A loan of $600 helped purchase rice, canned goods, and cookies.

Marcia Gregoria's story

Marcia M. is 29 years old and lives in the periurban district of Fortín in Guayaquil. (Fortín is named after its hills. This humble place has dirt roads and most of the houses in the area are made of reeds.) Her husband works as a security guard and they have two children, ages 7 and 2.

When Marcia was a young girl, her mother had a small shop where she helped her buy and sell food. When she got married, she used her savings to remodel the front part of her house so that she could open a small store selling groceries.

That turned out to be a good decision. She now works at her store between 6am and 9pm every day. Her loan will be used to buy rice, canned goods, and cookies for her small store. In the future, she wants to open a mini-market and hire employees so that she can dedicate her time to raising her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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