A loan of $1,050 helped to buy notebooks, folders, and pencils.

Jose Jonathan's story

José Salazar is a young entrepreneur from Guayaquil. He is 23 years old and has completed high school. He is single, lives with his parents, and is studying at the university. Originally, his business was his mother's. Since he was small, he has helped her with the stationery bazaar. A while back, she was able to get a good job, so she passed the responsibility of the business on to him. He likes this, since he can manage his hours for studying.

He runs the shop by himself, although his mother helps on the days she has free. In his neighborhood he doesn't have major challenges, although during the vacation season, sales are a little slower. He requires the loan in order to restock his business for classes buying notebooks, pencils, laminated study sheets, and stationary, as well as other items for the shop. His dream is to finish the construction of his parents' house, get married, have children and finish his studies.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Wong

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