A loan of $900 helped purchase fruits, milk, and baked goods.


Mercedes's story

Mercedes is 51 years old and lives in Primavera de Duran (a periurban area outside of Guayaquil that has a deteriorating ecosystem). She has a breakfast stand on the street where she sells fruit smoothies, baked goods, and other items.

Prior to starting her business, Mercedes attended seminary at “El Divino Niño” (The Divine Child). Afterwards she was motivated to have her own business, so she began selling breakfasts to her neighbors. Little by little, she was able earn enough to acquire a stand so that she could sell outdoors. Now she works every day selling breakfast items such as fruit smoothies, baked goods, toast, and other foods.

This loan will be used to buy fruits, milk, and baked goods so that she will have more variety to offer for breakfast. In the future, Mercedes wants to have her on shop in the center of Duran.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica



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