A loan of $1,000 helped arroz, dulces.


Maria Isabel's story

Maria is 43 years old, and has a small store in the front section of her house. She lives in the Paraiso section of Guayaquil, an urban fringe area characterized by dirt roads and mountains.

She set up her store to sell foodstuffs 3 years ago, after her husband left her with her daughter. Some of the first products she sold were rice and canned goods. With the demand for provisions, she began to buy canned goods, rice, and oil. She now works with her daughter (after she gets home from school) from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day.

In order to better stock her store, she wishes to buy rice, canned goods, etc., with the loan. In the future, she wants to expand her store with provisions and help her daughter to successfully complete her studies.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Jane Wilkie



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