A loan of $800 helped purchase rice, sugar, snacks, etc.

Maria Joaquina's story

María is 19 years old and has a small store. She lives in Fortín de Guayaquil (a suburban zone with dirt roads and hills). One of her sisters loaned her the space so that she could have a store, and she used the money she made to solve some economic problems she had due to her previous lack of job opportunities. She now works with the help of her father while she buys the supplies at the local markets. María works from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day. With the loan, she plans to purchase rice, sugar and snacks for her business. In the future, she wants to expand her business so she can increase her profits and have enough money to study and help her father.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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