A loan of $1,250 helped to buy her own space for her business.

Johanna Del Rocio's story

Johanna is 30 years old, and is single and lives in Guayaquil with her parents. She started her own business nine years ago, and started in the main markets where she buys clothing and then resells it in the neighborhoods around her home to people she knows. She works on her clothing business on the weekends, since she has another job during the week at a store that owns and operates public telephone booths. These jobs help her generate income to help with expenses and her finances.

She does not have difficulties with her jobs, but she has had some health challenges, and those challenges mean that she cannot get out as much to negotiate for good clothing merchandise. This loan will help her to improve her inventory so that she can offer a better variety and higher quality product to her clients.

Her dream is to have her own business and to a physical space of her own for the business. She hopes that space will work for both her clothing sales and to offer telephone booth services, since she knows how to operate and manage them.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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