A loan of $1,000 helped buying rice and beverages for her store.

Martha Susana's story

Martha is 19 years old and lives in Primavera de Duran (an area outside the city of Guayaquil with a deteriorating ecosystem). A few months ago, her parents gave her a small store.

Because of the lack of other opportunities, when her parents saw her determination to work independently, they decided to buy some groceries and create a store for Martha. Little by little, she has improved the store, and when she goes out at night to her university classes, her mother helps her by working in the store, selling rice, beverages, dairy products, etc.

Martha would like to continue with her store and invest the funds from the loan to buy rice and beverages. In the future, she would like to expand the range of goods she sells and successfully complete her studies.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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