A loan of $1,000 helped to buy fabric and fabric remnants.

Miriam Alexandra's story

Miriam, 36, lives in the urban Orquídeas neighborhood of the city of Guayaquil. She has 3 children, and is a distributor of "waype," (waste cloth used for cleaning), which is used by bricklayers with thinner to remove paint stains. Lacking job opportunities, Miriam began gathering scraps and fabrics to make the waype.

She distributes her product to the hardware stores (stores selling construction products) in all of Guayaquil. She makes the waype with fabrics and scraps of fabric, working from 7am until 10pm. She sells a pound of waype for $1.50.

With the loan she wants to buy fabric for the waype. In the future she wants to have a waype store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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