A loan of $500 helped purchase rice, cooking oil and stationery.


Mercedes Eugenia's story

Mercedes is a 64-year-old widow who lives in Guasmo de Guayaquil and has three children. She runs a small general store in the front part of her house.


When her husband passed away 5 years ago, she was left to raise her three children on her own, so she had to invest her savings in purchasing provisions and remodeling the front part of her house so that she could set up her general store and support her children. Since then, she has been working from 8am until 9pm every day. On some occasions, she falls ill due to her age, but she continues to work in order to ensure a peaceful old age.


She would like to purchase rice, cooking oil, and stationery with this loan so that she can restock her shop. In the future, she would like to remodel her house so that she can give it to her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Casian



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