A loan of $1,200 helped purchase rice, canned goods, sugar, oil.

Gladys Isabel's story

Gladys is 51 years old. She has had a general store for more than 20 years. She lives with her husband and her daughter in a brick home located in a canton called Playas that is one of the tourist destinations in Ecuador because of its wide variety of seafood. In order to provide for her daughter she started selling vegetables and snacks out of her home 20 years ago. Little by little with a lot of hard work she was able to have enough money to purchase display cases and rearrange the store. Now she works from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. every day. Her daughter helps her after she comes home from school and gives Gladys time to prepare lunch. Now the store sells canned goods, rice, dairy products, beverages, etc. To keep her business going forward and to better stock it, she wants to use the loan to purchase rice, canned goods and oil. In the future she wants to have another business for her daughter, so she can finish her university studies with the highest honors.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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