A loan of $1,525 helped to buy provisions and computer supplies.

Martha Isabel's story

Martha lives in the urban sector of Isla Trinitaria, in the south of Guayaquil, more precisely in the Coop Jacobo Bucarán, where she has had her own home for 16 years. Her business is located at her house; at the beginning, it consisted only in selling gallons of water and gas. She was very welcome in her neighbourhood because no one else sold these. Thanks to this, her business grew very swiflty, enabling her to gather the necessary capital to open an internet café. She attends customers together with her daughter, who studies computer science. The café stays open Monday to Sunday, from morning until night, in order to have customers. Martha tells us that her neighbourhood is quiet and thus she has not had serious trouble with criminal activity. She is married to Hermenegildo, who is an automobile mechanic. They have two children, who go to school and to state-run university. With the loan, Martha will buy provisions to expand her business as well as computer supplies for the internet café. She hopes to increase her sales in order to be able to build a second story to her house so as to have more space for her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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