A loan of $1,200 helped bUYING CEMENT AND PAINT FOR HER HOUSE AND CLOTHING TO SELL.


Mariana De Jesus's story

Mariana, 37 years old, is an informal clothing merchant who lives with her children, ages 16 and 14, in an area called Perimetral, surrounded by Guayaquil's salt marsh.

Some 6 years ago, her husband covered household expenses while she studied and cared for their children. But he died and she had to take charge of family costs by selling clothes. From that time until today, she has sold clothes as an informal merchant to be able to maintain her children. She sells blouses for $20, pants for $30, etc.

To continue with her clothing business, she wishes, with this loan, to buy clothes to sell, and also, to buy materials to improve her house, including cement, blocks, and paint.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD



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