A loan of $1,000 helped paper goods, air time for call booths.

Maria Magdalena's story

María, 43, has a call center in the front part of her house. She lives in the Suburbio de Guayaquil (an urban area where the majority of inhabitants are small business owners).

Five years ago she started with a hub of telephone booths since her daughters had finished their studies. Her husband works as a driver with an express taxi service and with the income from the call center has been been able to expand his business. She works from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. To additionally stock the business she also sells paper goods, notebooks and pens--she has a mini stationery shop.

With the loan she wants to purchase stationery supplies and air time for calls. In the future she wants to have her business well stocked to meet her customers' expectations and thus give a good life to her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts

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