A loan of $1,000 helped purchase cement, blocks, and stone.

Narcisa Del Pilar's story

Narcisa M. is 40 years old and lives in the periurban district of Fortín in Guayaquil. This modest place has dirt roads and houses made of reeds. Narcisa receives electricity as her only basic service. Her husband works for a company by maintaining its machinery. They have two children, ages 6 and 5.

Narcisa began selling afternoon snacks from the doorstep of her house to people who pass through the area. Due to her low earnings, she decided to quit and start another business. With little investment, she began selling crafts.

Making and selling handicrafts generates good revenue, so it is now her main business activity. She works alone every weekend. She produces handmade dolls, rag dolls, chains, and other items. With this loan, she wants to improve her home and buy cement, blocks, and stone for her business.

In the future, she wants to build a better house and provide her children with a better education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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