A loan of $400 helped rice, sugar, drinks.

Gloria Janeth's story

Gloria T. is 43 years old and lives in a semi urban area in the outskirts of Guayaquil in a very poor area of reclaimed houses surrounded by a stream. Her husband is a merchant and they have two daughters ages 23 and 3.

Gloria had the idea to have her own business so she used their savings to alter their house and construct an area for a business in the front. It is very common for houses in Ecuador to have both space for a business and also living spaces. She also used her savings to buy some food and began selling it.

Because of this good decision, she now has a store where she recently installed telephone booths which her 23 year old daughter helps her with. They work from 7 in the morning until 10 at night every day. She has unstable blood pressure which makes it difficult for her to work.

With this loan she wants to buy sugar, rice, and drinks for her business which will allow her to make more money and give her family a better life. In the future she wants to have a photocopy store.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catherine Coffman

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