A loan of $1,050 helped to buy walkers, a display case and baby food.

Mercy Andrea's story

Mercy is an enterprising young woman 18 years old. She lives in the Isla Trinitaria suburb of Guayaquil, which is one the the few that has all of the basic services. The house where she lives is owned by her parents, as is her business premises. Since she was young she has lived in the business world, starting with her parents who had a pharmacy. For unknown reasons her parents liquidated the business and thus she proposed opening her own business. Mercy has a diaper store located in her parents' former business premises. She decided on this business as she had knowledge of the products after having worked in this type of business. She is very happy because with this business she can pay for her university studies. She works every day from 7 in the morning until 10 at night. In her store she sells diapers at 12 for $1.25, stewed fruit for $1.00, diapers at 48 for $12.40, and also baby clothes, toys, baby bottles and other things. Between laughs she tells us that it is going well because a baby is born every day and so her business never declines. She is currently single and does not plan to have children before finishing her studies. With the loan Mercy will buy walkers, a display case and baby food in order to have merchandise. In future she would like to have a pharmacy, as she is studying medicine.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lorna Gladman

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