A loan of $1,050 helped to purchase fruit, vegetables, and chicken.

Edilma Clemencia's story

Edilma is 33 years old and was born in Manabí. She currently lives in Quevedo with her children. She is not married, but lives with the father of her children, who is a driver. Three of her children go to public school. The fourth is an adult and lives independently.
She learned the business from her siblings, who are fruit merchants. This allows her to contribute to the household income. She also sells ice cream and chickens. Her work schedule starts at 5 AM. She works alone but when she needs help to load the fruit she hires another person. So far she has not had any problems with her business, since she is well known.
She is going to use the loan to purchase fruit and chicken. In the future she would like to purchase a car for her business, so that she may provide greater financial stability for her children.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis

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