A loan of $1,200 helped to buy drinks, meat and rice.

Mariuxi Mercedes's story

32-year-old Mriuxi lives in a house made of reeds in the settlement el Fortín in the outskirts of Guayaquil. She has three children. She sells food from the window of her house. Outside she has a table for her customers that want to eat there (see the photo).

Before selling food from her home, she worked at a food stand on the corner by her house, but seeing that the income was good, she decided to work from home making the food. Little by little she bought the plastic tables and chairs for her customers. She works from 10am to 7pm every day.

In order to increase her supplies of food, she wants to use the loan to buy meat, rice and drinks for her food-selling business. In the future she wants to have a lot more customers and her children to continue studying.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jacqueline Demeranville

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