A loan of $1,000 helped to buy rice, drinks and snacks.

Noemí Alejandrina's story

Noemí, aged 64, has a small store at the front of her house. She lives within the city boundaries of Guayaquil in a peri-urban area, next to the estuary of Estero Salado.

At the age of 28 Noemí got married and opened a drugstore at home. However, she was not successful in this business and decided to sell her inventory and buy groceries for her store. Since she cannot often leave her store, the suppliers deliver the groceries to her place. She works from early morning to dusk, selling drinks, rice, snacks etc.

She wants to use her loan to buy rice, sugar, canned food, drinks etc. For the future she intends to renovate the façade of her house and add another floor to her house which she will give to one of her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Robert Mouris

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