A loan of $500 helped notebooks and stationery supplies.

Maruja's story

Maruja, age 40, has a small stationery store, and she sells clothes. She lives in Primavera de Duran (a peri-urban zone in a deteriorating ecosystem) on the outskirts of Guayaquil.

She always wanted to be a merchant, but she did not have the means to do so. With some savings, and in time, she was able to buy stationery. She established a small business in order to be able to support her children. She used her earnings to little by little stock her store. In the morning she takes care of the stationery shop, and in the afternoon she goes door to door to sell clothes. This way she has an additional income.

She wants to use the loan to buy stationery supplies and notebooks in order to meet all of her customers’ needs. In the future she wants to have a stationery shop with lots of merchandise. She would also like to be head of a group of people selling cosmetics.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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