A loan of $1,000 helped to buy toys and Christmas products.

Carmen Alexandra's story

Carmen is 33 years old. She sells articles and costume jewelry from a street stall. She lives with her two children aged 10 and 12 in an urban area which is characterized by the fact that most of its inhabitants are salespeople. It is called Guayaquil suburb.

Since she separated from her husband, she began selling merchandise as a way to support her children in a stable economic situation. She started off selling costume jewelry and personal products and, little by little, with effort, she bought lots of different types of costume jewelry until she managed to get a street stall from which to sell her merchandise. She currently works in her business from 7.00am to 3.00pm so that she can spend more time with her children.

She will use her loan to buy toys and Christmas products since demand increases during this season. In the future she would like to improve her sales and be able to buy a house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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