A loan of $1,000 helped buy stationary, notebooks, and foam crafts for store.


Elizabeth Lourdes's story

Elizabeth, 54, has a small stationery shop. She lives in a cane house that has the basic services of water and electricity. Her house is located in the peri-urban zone of El Fortín de Guayaquil, characterized by its dirt streets. Four years ago, Elizabeth used some savings to buy stationery and set up her store in the back of her house. Today, she also sells notebooks for $1.10 each, pens for $.30 each, etc. She works from 9:00 AM until 11:00PM every day. With this loan, Elizabeth will buy stationery, notebooks and “fomix” (foam crafts) to stock the store. In the future, she would like to finish her house in cement and enlarge the business to provide security for her old age.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer jeff hersk



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