A loan of $1,575 helped to purchase groceries and school supplies.

Cintia Yanet's story

Cintia is 38 years old, single and lives in Playas, Ecuador. She has a convenience store that she runs out of her parents' house. At first the business belonged to her mother, who started it when she was very young, and when Cintia got older she made the decision to continue the business. She tends to customers Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. She dedicates herself completely because she did not go to school and it is her family's sustenance. At the moment she has no problems with the business since it is in a quiet neighborhood. She doesn't have children, but Cintia tells us that five years ago her sister died and she was left with two small children who are her motivation to move up in life. The children have turned into the force she needs to fight from day to day to give them what their mother would have given them. She plans to use the loan to purchase groceries and school supplies to expand her sales. Her dream is for her nephews to grow up healthy and for her business to help provide for their education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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