A loan of $600 helped to buy rice, sugar and canned goods.

Sonia Martha's story

Sonia I., 24, lives in the outskirts of Guayaquil. She has two children: one is 4 years old and the other is 5 months old. Three years ago she started a store so that she could support her son, and no longer depend on the money that the father of her child gave her. She started to sell canned goods, rice, and cereals outside her home. Over time she expanded her business with groceries and glass display cases.

Now she works from 7am until 11pm every day. From her store she sells rice, vegetables, grains, drinks, etc. Although Sonia works alone, she continues to exert herself for her children. With the loan she will buy rice, sugar, and drinks for her store.

In the future she wants to see her business grow so that she can pass it down to her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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