A loan of $1,000 helped purchasing sugar and coffee for her store.

Maria Narcisa's story

María is 36 years old, and lives in El Guasmo, Guayaquil (a place where the residents are informal merchants). She has a small store that she has been able to stock with help from her husband.

María started out selling “chifles” (fried sliced bananas), and little by little earned enough income to purchase food items and sell them at a stand. Because of this good decision she now has a store with a small selection. She works every day from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM with help from her two daughters.

María wants her store to be one of the best stores in the area where she lives. That is why she needs this loan to purchase sugar and coffee. In the future she plans to have a well-stocked store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chris Knutson

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