A loan of $650 helped to purchase notebooks, pens, paper etc.

Maria Clemencia's story

Maria has a store in Quevedo which she took over from her mother a few years ago. Her mother stopped working because of her age and Maria took over the business. She invested in improving their service and renewing their merchandise. Now, in addition to the paper goods, she sells undergarments, blouses, pants and dresses. The variety enables her to have more customers. Maria is happily married and has 2 children who are go to the public school and a baby girl who is just a couple of months old. Maria has decided to take out a loan for the sake of her family. She will invest in the purchase of paper goods like notebooks, paper, poster board etc. with the goal of improving her sales and thereby her future. Maria's main goal is to grow as a person and to feel good about herself and close to God so that her prayers project into her business and her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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