A loan of $1,000 helped rice, chicken, beverages.


Paula Karina's story

Paula, who is 30 years old, runs a general store from the window of her house. She lives with her two children in a house made of sugar cane stalks in El Fortín, a peri-urban area of Guayaquil known for its dirt roads. She started the store five years ago, but when she separated from her husband, Paula closed it. Eleven months ago she opened the store again because she needed money to support her children. She sells rice, chicken, beverages and candies in her store. Paula works on a varying schedule since the store is in the front part of her house. Paula wants to use the loan to buy rice, chicken and beverages to stock her store. In the future she wants to have a cement house and expand her business with more merchandise.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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