A loan of $875 helped to buy shoes, uniforms, and clothes.

Karen Jicell's story

Karen, age 27, is married to José, a master builder. They have two minor children. She has a high school education, and she was born in Colonche. Colonche is a settlement in a small area that works extensively with wood. Carpentry is the trade of a large part of the population.

She currently lives in La Libertad, which is in Guayaqul. She started her business because she needed to have additional income. As she is good at sales, she started selling clothes. Thanks to her effort and daily work, they have gotten ahead.

Her work schedule is from Monday through Friday mornings, taking advantage of the fact that her children are in school. Her biggest concern as a mother is that her children will get sick, and then she will not be able to sell.

She will use the loan to buy shoes, uniforms, and clothes. In the coming years she wishes to build her house and to have her family be secure in order to protect her loved ones.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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