A loan of $1,000 helped exercise books, pens, paper.

Nellys Aidee's story

Nellys P. is 48 years old and lives in an urban area of Guayaquil called Orquídeas, which is named for its abundance of orchids, its now asphalt streets and cement houses. She has three children who are 19, 16 and 14 years of age.

Nellys runs a small store selling sugar cane out the back of her house. She started out by selling sweets and drinks, and bit by bit she finished working on the store and built it out of cement.

Since she also needed more income, Nellys decided to invest her savings in some exercise books and pencils. It was this good decision that led her to set up a stationery store outside her house, where she works from 7am to 8pm every day.

With this loan she would like to buy exercise books, pens and stationery for her business. In the future she would like to maintain her business and set up other branches, and she hopes that her children will finish their studies.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Suzanne Grasso

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