A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase rice, drinks and candy for her store.

Martha Isabel's story

Martha is 45 years old. She has a small store in the front of her house. She lives in El Guasmo in Guayaquil (a section of the city where the majority of the residents are informal merchants).

Two years ago she started buying groceries to sell to her neighbors and little by little, with effort and dedication, she was able to buy enough merchandise to start a small store. Now, with the help of her children, she works every day from 6:00 in the morning until 10:00 at night.

In order to be able to maintain her store she will use the loan to buy rice, drinks and candy. In the future, she would like to have a mini-market so that she can satisfy all her customer's needs.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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