A loan of $800 helped to buy foodstuffs like rice, oil, juice and sugar.

Camila Del Rosario's story

Camila, 38, lives in a periurban zone in Guayaquil’s La Perimetral (a very humble place; the houses in the sector are surrounded by a body of water through which ships loaded with heavy cargo pass.) She is separated and has two children who go to public school. She has a grocery store.

She started off selling snacks and small store items but later bought display cases and gradually enlarged the store. She works daily with help from her children. She stocks her store with such items as: sugar, oil and other foodstuffs for the home. She is highly affected by the crime rate since her suppliers have been held up several times. With help from the loan she wants to buy more foodstuffs: rice, sugar and oil to increase income. In the future, she’d like to install a roll-up door on the store and buy a freezer because she has merchandise and no freezer.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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