A loan of $1,200 helped to buy clothes and corn for making 'morocho'.

Eucebio Ernesto's story

Eucebio is 53 years old. He sells clothes and 'morocho' (a corn-based dessert) in the streets of Guayaquil. He lives with his wife and children in the suburb.

He started his business selling clothes 15 years ago, working in a place called “Bahía” which is well known for its informal sellers. Since then he has been selling all kinds of clothes but 8 years ago, as he wanted to make additional income for his family, he decided to start selling a dessert called 'morocho'. With the help of a family member he bought a cart so that he could continue trading in the streets, selling not only clothes but also 'morocho'. He currently works from 9.00am to 4.00pm selling clothes. After he has finished selling his clothes he has a rest for a couple of hours then goes out again from 6.00pm to 10.00pm selling 'morocho'.

To continue with his business he would like to buy clothes and more corn for his 'morocho' so that he can make more income for his family. In the future he would like to have a bigger cart so that he can sell 'morocho' wholesale.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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