A loan of $1,075 helped to buy groceries, cleaning supplies, basic goods and gas.

Jenny Alexandra's story

Jenny, 33, lives in Libertad, a touristy city in Ecuador known for beautiful beaches. Her husband drives heavy vehicles in a quarry. They have 3 children, ages 16,13 and 12, who they help with school costs. Six years ago, she opened a small store in her home where she began selling ice cream, rice, sugar and sodas. At the beginning she did it through a window and stored the products in their boxes. Now she has a space for her business and has bought shelving to place the product on. Over time she has stocked her store and increased the variety of products at the request of her customers. She sells food, cleaning supplies, basic goods and gas. She doesn't have problems attending to her customers because her kids are grown and don't need as much care. Jenny asks for a loan to buy gas cylinders and merchandise for her store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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