A loan of $1,475 helped to purchase supplies (fruits and disposables), plastics containers and utensils.

Gladis Estella's story

Gladis, 50, has experienced great difficulties but motivated by her love for her 3 children and for her desire to better herself, she has managed to get ahead.

Fifteen years ago she started her own business, a stall selling natural juices and fruits, benefiting from bike lanes placed in the city; working on the days and hours that they are it operation. Little by little her business had good results and with her husband, they bought a house and set up a grocery store but some years later she separated from her husband and now counts on the income from the juice and fruit stand. Despite all the inconveniences, she has managed to generate resources to provide a decent life for her family.

The loan she is requesting will be invested in the purchase of supplies (fruits and disposables), plastics containers and utensils, this will allow her to fulfil the sanitary requirements demanded by authorities and also improve the image of her store, attracting new clients and improving her earnings that she receives in sales.

Gladis says her biggest wish is to continue strengthening her business so that it is more profitable and which guarantees an economic stability in order to continue supporting her children giving them an adequate university education so that they become people with integrity and forge a prosperous future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diana Lima

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