A loan of $1,000 helped rice, canned goods, and drinks.

Florencia Esther's story

Florencia is 50 years old. She lives with her children along Guayaquil’s Beltway (a periurban zone surrounded by a salty estuary).

In the past she was only a housewife, but she needed her own income to help with the family expenses. She decided to invest her savings in the purchase of supplies. From that time on she has been reconditioning the front part of her house where she has the store. She has also been stocking it with merchandise and new products. She works by herself from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. every day. She sells rice, canned goods, dairy products, and drinks, etc.

She wants to use the loan to buy rice, which is what she sells the most. She also wants to buy dairy products and drinks for her store.

In the future she wants to improve the construction of her house. Additionally, she wants her children to successfully complete their education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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