A loan of $1,100 helped to buy bottled water.

Claudia Clariza's story

Claudia lives in Libertad, and is 40 years of age. She started her business in the city of Guayaquil many years ago, and ever since she moved to Libertad, she has continued to work selling water. She is a woman who runs her business alone, and works from 2 pm until 8 pm. She has three people who help her to make her sales. The difficulty that Claudia faces is the changing climate, as sales are very low during the rainy season and it’s not easy to work.

Claudia is single, as her husband left her and her two children, aged 17 and 16. Both her children study in public school. With the loan she has requested, Claudia would like to buy bottled water to sell to her customers. Her dream is to improve her home, so that she can have her own premises from which to distribute her goods. This will also help her to move her products and have a higher income, providing her children with a good education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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