A loan of $1,200 helped notebooks; stationery.

Zoila Wendy's story

Zoila, 32, lives in a built up area on the outskirts of Guayaquil. Until a few years ago she made handicrafts and drawings as a way to make ends meet, but wanted to start her own business and so decided to invest her profits from the drawings in a stationery shop.

Little by little as she invested the money from her drawings, she began to earn enough to turn her home into a suitable location for her business. It was a good decision and she now has her stationery shop, where she works from 9am to 8pm every day. Her 14 year-old daughter helps in the shop when Zoila goes to make their meals.

To grow the business, Zoila wants to buy notebooks, stationery, and pens with the loan. In the future she would like to relocate the business to a busier location.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rosa Oswald

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