A loan of $850 helped to purchase medicine and diapers.

Shirley Vanessa's story

Shirley was born in Huaquillas 27 years ago. Now she lives in Fortín, a suburb of Guayaquil. She's single and has two children ages 5 and 10 who are in school. She has been living for 7 years in the Coop in Balerio Estacio, where she has her own house made ​​of cane. She learned how to operate a business while living with her ​​husband and together they opened a pharmacy. Upon separating, she concluded her studies and opened a business in her home so that she would be able to care for her children. As a woman, she is concerned about crime in the neighborhood although thankfully nothing has happened to her so far. With the loan she will buy merchandise such as medicine, diapers, milk, etc. She wants to increase her income so that she can start building a house made of cement.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kara Gibson

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