A loan of $1,000 helped to buy notebooks, books and pens.

Mayka Karina's story

Mayka is 38 years old and lives in the Guasmo neighborhood of Guayaquil (an urban area where the majority of the residents work in informal trade.) She sells stationery items on the patio in front of her house.

As she needed money to help her family, she had to work very hard so that she could buy items and sell them to her neighbors. She started out selling notebooks and pens, and then gradually increased her working capital. Now she works from 8am until 9pm each day.

In order to increase her business and have the opportunity to have her own shop, she wants to use the loan to buy notebooks, books and pens. In the future, she wants to have her own stationery company.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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