A loan of $525 helped to buy stock for her business.

Neris Maritza's story

Neris lives with her 4 children in the city of Santo Domingo, a relatively large city in Ecuador - the third largest in terms of population. The city and its inhabitants have benefited from its rapid economic growth during the last 2 decades. The main economic accelerators have been tourism, commerce and agriculture. However, unfortunately economic growth has not benefited all as there is a significant section of the population which has remained on the margins of this growth; furthermore, it has also brought an increase in certain illegal activities such as crime and drug trafficking. Santo Domingo has a tropical, humid climate and is located at around 200m above sea-level.
Neris started her sales business, pedaling her wares as she walked, in this important city. It was difficult for her to set up her business and to obtain the necessary resources as she has completed only her high school studies and, consequently, her opportunities were considerably reduced. However, after great effort and dedication shown on her part, Neris has now been running her business for 3 years. She hopes to open a shop one day and, as such, she needs to sell her goods in greater quantities in order to be able to buy her products at a lower price. If she can achieve this, Neris will be able to improve her earnings, allowing her to raise her own and her family's standard of living.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caroline Reiss

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