A loan of $1,000 helped purchase of drinks, grains, and canned goods.

Luisa Filomena's story

Luisa O. is 62 years old. She lives in the outskirts of el Paraíso (a very humid place with houses made of cane and dirt roads) in Guayaquil. Her house is made of cement and cane. She is separated from her husband, with whom she had children, but her children are all married.

She started with some small provisions that she had brought with her savings, but her children were very worried about her upon seeing her sell the provisions from the window of her house. They decided to build and adapt the front of the house so that she would be more comfortable.

Because of the unconditional support of her children, she now has a small store, although she works by herself every day. She sells a pound of rice for $0.32, a pound of sugar for $0.35, etc. With the loan she wants to buy drinks, grains and canned goods to better stock her small store.

In the future she wants to continue with her store and be healthy enough to see her grandchildren.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Chong

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