A loan of $900 helped notebooks, writing pads, pens for resale.

Fabiola Del Monserrate's story

Fabiola is 52 years old and lives in the suburbs of Guayaquil. She lives in a cement home with all basic services. She is divorced and has three adult children.

Fabiola started a small store where she sold gum, snacks, and candy. Little by little she began adding paper goods. Now she has a small stationary shop. It doesn't have much variety, but includes some necessary items. She also sells drinks and confectionary items to her customers. At times, she also needs to do some sewing for her neighbors when she needs extra money.

She wants to use the money from this loan to buy notebooks, writing pads, and pens for the school year. (Classes run from April to December.) In the future she would like to put a fence up around her home to improve its security. She would also like to sell ice cream.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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