A loan of $500 helped buy products for resale.

Gloria Esperanza's story

Gloria Esperanza C. A., 38, lives in the town of Cojutepeque in the Salvadoran "departamento" of Cuscatlan. She lives there with her husband, a construction worker, who works during the time of year when building projects are viable. They have three children, 17-, 12- and 8-years old. Gloria is a hard-working woman who operates a business selling curtains, sheets, tablecloths, etc. She works as a street vendor, an advantage for her because she can move from place to place and sell more of her products as she goes. Her son works with her, another advantage because together they can carry more curtains, sheets, etc. than she can carry alone. The business has made it possible for Gloria to pay the family's bills even when her husband has been unable to find work. She is applying for a loan so that she can buy wholesale supplies of her products and, in turn, increase her income. Increasing her income is not only an end in itself, but also her means for pulling together the money she needs to connect the family's house to a source of clean water. For now, the house isn't connected to a supply of clean water and the family has to get its water from a public pump and carry it home in jugs. The loan will help the family hugely because they will ultimately be able to use it to get something essential to everyone: clean water.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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