A loan of $1,200 helped for rice, seafood, cement and concrete blocks.

Julia Piedad's story

Julia, 58, lives in a periurban area in El Suburbio, Guayaquil; she sells prepared lunches from home. All of her children are married and she lives alone because she separated from her husband a few years back.

Julia started her lunch business when her children got married and she separated from her husband. Because she lacked income she decided to invest her savings in rice, vegetables, meats and seafood for her lunches. She started to home deliver them among her friends and neighbors and gradually her business grew.

Now she sells lunches using her home’s dining room where customers can come eat because she doesn’t have enough money to have a place to set up a restaurant.

She will use the loan to buy rice and seafood and she’ll use part of it to buy cement and concrete blocks to remodel her house.

She would love to have a place for her restaurant and a minimart in the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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