A loan of $1,075 helped to buy water, sodas, and snacks.

Maria Targelia's story

Maria lives in the southern region of Guayaquil, an area known as Isla Trinitaria. She is involved in sales of water, sodas, snacks, etc. and has spent several years with her store, which she started because she saw it as an opportunity. Maria lives beside the salt estuary, known as such because it's an entry to the sea on Guayaquil, and it's close to the Trinipuerto, which is a point of entry and exit for merchandise traveling by boat.

There is a lot of activity so her store was marvelous. She works from 8 in the morning until 10 at night since the work never stops in this area of the city. Maria is well known and well-liked in the neighborhood so she's never had problems, even though the area is a little dangerous. Her husband works as a construction worker in a business and her children are grown up. With the loan, she will buy products like water and sodas, and she hopes in the future to be able to finish the construction of her house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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