A loan of $1,000 helped rice, sugar, and dairy products.

Dolores Alexandra's story

Dolores, age 33, lives in Fortín de Guayaquil (a mountainous periuban area with dirt roads and hills). She has a grocery store called “3 Hermanos” (3 Siblings) where she sells vegetables, canned goods, and meats, etc.

She has had the store since she separated from her husband. She did this to be able to have her own income. She started buying greens and vegetables. From that time on she continues working to support her two children, a one year old and a nine year old. She sells all kinds of groceries. She works from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. everyday.

She wants to use the loan to be able to buy merchandise like rice, sugar, and dairy products. In the future she wants to expand her store and stock it more. She wants to do so in order to give her children a better future.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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