A loan of $275 helped to fix up her stall and buy inventory.

Ester Gladys's story

Ester is 58 years old, separated, and the mother of two children. Following a very difficult emotional situation when her husband left her and having all the financial responsibilities fall on her, she looked for income opportunities to be able to pay her household expenses and has been selling pastries, sweets, cigarettes, and cell phone cards on foot for the past six years. This has allowed her to provide her family with their basic needs. She is a very enterprising, friendly, dynamic, and hard working woman who works long shifts Monday through Sunday so she can take maximum advantage of her stall, since it’s located on a well-travelled main street in the city where she lives. She is asking for this seventh loan which she will use to fix up her stall, buy stock (pastries, cookies, candy, cigarettes) and pay off the other loan she has. This will allow her to improve her business’ image to the passersby and also to have enough inventory to satisfy her customers’ desires. This will increase her sales and income. Ester dreams of strengthening and growing her business so that she will have the chance to enjoy a better quality of life with her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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