A loan of $1,200 helped to buy toys and gift bags.

Mayra Marlene's story

Mayra is 41 years old. She has a small stationery store which sells a lot of different products including toys and clothes. She lives with her two children in an urban area called Guasmo which is noted for the fact that most of its residents are salespeople.

She started out with a little bit of capital to obtain her own stationery store and be able to support her children since she is a single mother. She bought exercise books, pens and stationery items and began selling them from a business premises. She works from 6.30am to 10.30pm in her store. She sells toys from $5.00 upwards, clothes according to size and exercise books for $0.80 each.

She will use her loan to buy toys, exercise books and stationery. In the future, she would like to own another stationery store and for the one she has now to be the best-stocked stationery store.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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