A loan of $650 helped to buy clothes.

Norma Alejandrina's story

Norma began working as an informal salesperson in La Bahía de Guayaquil, a sector that’s very well-known because everything can be found there. Because she was informal she didn’t do too well because she was exposed to robberies and she incurred losses that way. She set a concrete goal for herself: to save money in order to open a locale from which to sell pants, blouses, underwear and stockings. The locale is located near her house so she opens from 8am until 9pm from Monday through Saturday and from 8am until 1pm on Sundays because there’s less movement then. With the opening of her store she feels happier because she can rest and provide better service. It’s also a benefit in that her clothes don’t get damaged and she can display them better. Norma is a widow and her children are adults so having the business makes her feel useful. She will use the loan she’s getting to buy clothes to better stock her store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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