A loan of $1,000 helped cement, breeze blocks, sand.

Karina Victoria's story

Karina, 29, has worked since she was very young in order to help her husband with the expenses of raising their five children, who are 14, 10, 8, 6, and 4. Because she had her first child when she was 15, she had to go and live with her husband in an outlying area of Guayaquil called Paraíso in a wooden shack, where there is only basic electricity and where water is sold for $1.50 a barrel.

She works by herself in the streets and houses of her acquaintances selling women and men's fragrances, which she buys cheaply. One way in which she works is by taking orders for the perfumes and selling them on credit in order to increase her sales.

Her house is made of reeds, and the floor is earthen, but she wants to give her children a better life and will use the loan to buy cement, breeze blocks, and sand so as to build a better house. She hopes in future to finish building her house and to have her own business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ross Forman

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