A loan of $600 helped purchase notebooks, pens and drinks.

Cecilia Alexandra's story

Cecilia Z. is 45 years old and lives in a suburb of Guayquil. Her house is made of cement and has only lights and water for basic services. Her husband works as a driver for a shrimp producer, and together they have three children.

13 years ago Cecilia started just selling notebooks. When her husband was let go by his employer she started selling notebooks and pens from her house that was made from bamboo.

She now owns a concrete house and works from 6 am to 10 pm every day. She sells notebooks, jewelry, gifts, postcards, etc. One of the challenges she faces is the crime in her neighborhood.

Cecilia wants to purchase notebooks, pens, and soft drinks for her customers with the loan. In the future, she hopes to open another stationary shop.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Megan and David Kaisel

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