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

Maria Magdalena's story

María is 33 years old and lives in the area just outside of Primavera de Duran, Ecuador. She has a stationery store, which in her country is called a "Bazar."

Motivated by the need to support her children, she had to invest her savings in order to buy stationery. She began to sell her products to people she knew. Now, she works from 7am until 9pm at her own business. One of the difficulties she has is a lack of time; also, she has had to put up bars at her store (as seen in the photo) due to crime in the area.

With the loan, María wants to buy notebooks, pens, and paper products for her business. In the future, she would like to make improvements on her house; she also wants her children to finish their studies successfully.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Erika Korowin

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