A loan of $400 helped cards, notebooks, and sundries for resale.

Leonor Lourdes's story

Lourdes is 38 years old and lives in the Periurbano area, located in Paraíso de Guayaquil. She has a concrete home with basic services, such as water and electricity. Lourdes is single with three children ages, 14, 11, and 3. All are in school.

Lourdes began selling small items in her sundry shop and later studied cosmetology at a beauty academy so that she could bring in additional income. She has had her beauty and sundry shops for five years. Her children work in the sundry shop, while she works in the beauty shop. One of her big challenges is the insecurity within the sector.

She would like to use the money from this loan to buy clothing, stuffed animals, and cards to sell in her sundry shop. In the future she would like to add more display cases to her sundry shop so that it will be the best in the zone.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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