A loan of $1,000 helped to buy groceries for her store, such as candies, drinks, and canned goods.

Betsy Margarita's story

Betsy is 37 years old and lives in an urban area of Guayaquil called "las Orquídeas" ["The Orchids"] (so named because there were originally many orchid flowers there). Her husband works in an automobile workshop and they have children who are 24, 23, and 18 years old. Betsy works in her own grocery store.

She has had this business since she got married, and with it, has been able to take care of her family. She works from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. every day. With the help of this loan, she will buy more foodstuffs like rice, soft drinks, and oil. She will purchase wholesale to sell in her store and improve her earnings. In the future, she would like to buy a car.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Katie Kavanagh

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