A loan of $1,000 helped for rice, sugar and beverages.

Jessica Guadalupe's story

Jessica, 33, lives in El Fortín, Guayaquil, an area noted for its unpaved streets and informal merchants. She has a small grocery store in her parents’ house.

She was 18 years old when she opened the store with the goal in mind to provide her parents with a small business since they didn’t have much economic stability. She started working when she used her savings to buy foodstuffs to sell. Since then and to this day she works from 6am until 10pm daily.

She will use the loan to buy more stock items like rice, sugar and beverages for the store. In the future she’d like to expand it and be able to open a second store somewhere else to earn more income and be able to help her parents.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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