A loan of $700 helped purchase beverages, rice, candy, and canned goods.

Julia Cruz's story

Julia, age 68, sells provisions from a store in the front part of her house. She lives in an area called Suburbio de Guayquil where most of the residents work as merchants.

Thirty five years ago, this area did not have a store or any other place to buy provisions. For this reason Julia decided to open the first store in the area so that she could earn income, support her family, and provide her neighbors with the opportunity to buy things. She currently works at her store from 8am until 4pm selling rice, canned goods, beverages, grains, and other products. To keep her business running and restock her store with more inventory, Julia wants to use this loan to buy beverages, rice, candy, and canned goods.

Her aspirations for the future include having a larger well-stocked store. She also wants to sell chickens to earn additional income.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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