A loan of $800 helped purchase beverages, sugar, and rice.

Kathiuska Alexandra's story

Kathiuska I. is 39 years old and lives in the periurban district of Fortín in Guayaquil. This area was originally private land, but it is now a modest place full of dirt roads and houses constructed out of reeds. Kathiuska’s house is a mixture of cement and wooden planks and it receives electricity as its only basic service. Her husband sells water by the gallon. They have two children, ages 14 and 6.

Kathiuska wanted to generate additional household income, so she decided to buy a few provisions to sell. She set aside part of her house to establish a store and her mother-in-law gave her some products to sell so that her business could start out well-stocked. She now works every day selling sugar, rice, oil, and other items. Kathiuska wants to have more products in her store because there is much demand. For this reason, she is requesting a loan in order to buy beverages, sugar, and rice to increase the inventory of her business.

In the future, she wants to sell products and provisions in bulk out of recognized warehouses. She also wants to see her children finish their studies.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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