A loan of $1,000 helped cell phone refills, rice.

Alex Michael's story

Alex, age 26, is a young worker who has always helped his mother to make more money for the family. He lives in the Playas canton, one of the touristic locations in Ecuador with a diverse marine life. He has worked in his mother's store for a long time, but as he needed to stock it with the merchandise that his customers requested, he started to use his savings to purchase cell phone cards and recharges, etc. With his good management, he now has it stocked with various food items and cellphone refills. He works from 7 am to 10 pm. In order to continue working and helping his mother, he wants to buy cell phone cards, rice and refills. One of his goals for the store is to increase the space and buy merchandise.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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