A loan of $500 helped home improvements.

Maria Magdalena's story

Maria P. is 65 years old, and lives in semi-urban zone in the perimeter of Guayaquil. Her home is made of concrete. Maria got divorced 12 years ago; she has 6 children with her ex-husband, ages 47, 44, 42, 37, 32, and 25 years old. Each is married and working.

With the help of her neighbors, Maria started to learn everything she could about sewing. Now she works at home everyday, making shirts, jackets, pants, blouses and so on. One of the biggest challenges Maria faces is the insecurity of her industry. Maria is seeking a loan to improve her home; in the future, Maria wants to have well-established business in her home, with her own line of clothing to sell as a distributor.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Scott Lucas

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