A loan of $1,525 helped to purchase provisions, soft drinks, dairy, rice, sugar and flour.


Laura Elizabeth's story

Laura lives in Las Orquídeas, north of Guayaquil. She's 51 years old and married to Antonio, who's a professional driver. Together they have four children, but three of them are adults and only the youngest one lives with them. She runs a grocery store from her home where she sells essential household goods. The business started 19 years ago, when she separated from her husband and, since she didn't work, she needed money to support her children. She started out small, but little by little she began saving up money and expanding the store. She also sells fast food which is very well-received. In the beginning there were complications in both businesses, because she wasn't familiar with them, but gradually she learned and now she's an excellent businesswoman. Thank God she saw the results from her efforts, since she got back together with her husband and she keeps her business afloat. Among the merchandise she sells are provisions, soft drinks, dairy, rice, sugar, flour, bread, etc. - a little of everything, so she can provide variety. The loan that Laura requests is for purchasing goods in hopes of saving the capital she needs to finish building her house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff



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