A loan of $1,050 helped to buy rice, flour, sugar, and vegetables.

Libia Maria's story

Libia is a hardworking woman of 64 years. She lives in her own house in Guayaquil; she is divorced and has 2 children. Now that her children are adults (40 and 34 years old) she does not live with them, since they have their own families.

She started her store 20 years ago. She chose this business because of the lack of employment in those times and the small amount of education that she had. She runs her business by herself, opening at 6 a.m. and closing at 10 p.m. She likes her business because she feels productive earning her own money.

Libia tells us that crime doesn’t bother her too much, but her health does; sometimes she wakes up feeling tired and a little sick. With this loan, she is going to buy rice, oil, oats, sugar, and other items. In the future, she would like to be able to remodel her house in order to create some apartments to rent out.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caroline Hedel

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