A loan of $9,300 helped a member to buy clothing and items to sell in her shop in Ecuador.


Divino Niño Group's story

The eleven members of the Divino Niño credit group have different businesses and live in Palma Real (on the border with Colombia).

Isabel is a single mother with five children—three boys and two girls. She is 31 years old. She has a small variety shop in her house and also sells clothing for every age and gender. Her business helps her to send her children to school. Three years ago she began her business with the sale of ice cream treats, soda pop, Jell-o, and bottled water. She tells us that, at the request of people in her neighborhood, she was encouraged to buy staple products (rice, sugar, oil, bread) and open a grocery store. With the passing of time, she added the variety shop that she works to this day. This helps her to cover the expenses of her family in terms of healthcare, education, and food. Through her business, she has been able to get her own house.

Isabel is considered to be an enterprising and dynamic woman. She is happy with her business because her customers are from her neighborhood and the nearby neighborhoods.

In the future, she wants to have more merchandise and be able to update her shop to serve more customers.

In this group: Liner Esmerilda, Maria Isabel, Karen Maria, Maira Katherine, Rocio, Dalia Elena, Jency Leonor, Richard Anderson*, Lucy, Nanci Noemi, Maura Betty
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Patton



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