A loan of $1,000 helped notebooks and paper for her store.

Victoria Del Pilar's story

Victoria is 64 years old and lives in a house made from cane reed on the outskirts of Fortín Guayaquil. For years she has had a stationery store to help out with family expenses.

Because she did not have enough income, six years ago she invested her savings in a display case to sell notebooks and pens to her neighbors. Little by little, through her efforts and with the help of her children, she was able to have a stationery store. She works from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm every day.

With this loan she wants to stock her store with more paper and notebooks. In the future she wants to finish building her house and to grow her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Molly Puglisi

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