A loan of $1,000 helped stationery items, notebooks, pens.

Rina Pilar's story

Rina, 48, has a small, well stocked stationery shop in the front part of her house. She lives in an urban area called “Las Orquídeas” so called because when it was discovered there were a lot of orchids there.

When she started to live in her house she noticed that there were no stationery shops in her area. Because they needed additional income she used her savings to buy stationery items and started to sell them. Gradually her clientele grew and she now works from 7:30am until 7pm. She also sells shoes and clothing.

She wants to use the loan to buy stationery items and shoes for her shop. In the future she’d like to make improvements to her home and to her store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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