A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase cement, cinderblocks.

Maria Piedad's story

María, 48 years of age, has a grocery store in the back portion of her house. She lives in a peri-urban area that has all of the basic services. The area is located on the perimeter of Guayaquil, in a zone surrounded by an estuary.

Where she lived there were no stores or places to buy groceries, which is why her friends insisted that she open one that would also help her support her son. Currently, she runs the store and works alone from 7:45 am to 6 pm, selling rice, canned goods, beverages, grains, etc.

Her house is still not well constructed, which is why she would like to buy cement and cinderblocks to improve it and her store, which is in the rear portion of the house. Her goals for the future are to have a bookstore and to finish building her house.

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