A loan of $700 helped washing machine.

Patricia Diana's story

Partricia, age 28, sells lunches for $1.50 in the afternoons. She also rents washers. She lives with her two children in Durn, a periurban zone on the outskirts of Guayaquil. The zone is known for its deteriorating ecosystem.

She started selling food in a diner. Little by little, and with her savings and the experience that she had selling food, she decided to have her own lunch business. Because of that good decision she now has a small diner. She works there every day until the lunches are gone. She also has washing machines for rent. She works in both of her small businesses from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. The lunch consists of juice, soup, and the entrée for only $1.50.

She wants to continue with her washing machine business. To do so she wants to buy washing machines with the loan. In the future she wants to expand her food sales through a lot of publicity.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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