A loan of $800 helped for canned goods, sugar and rice.

Jose's story

José, 45, is a hard working man who started working as an informal merchant 15 years ago. He then started selling lottery tickets and fruit with his wife. However, in order to earn more money, he started working at “Tía” (supermarket).

Thanks to his effort and dedication five years ago he decided to open his own business and become independent buying a store. That good decision has led to his having a grocery store today where he sells vegetables at $0.25 each, dairy products at $0.60, soft drinks at $0.50, rice, etc. He is open from 4:30am which is when he goes to buy foodstuffs and then opens the store at 6am and works until 8pm every day.

To stay in business he wants to use the loan to buy canned goods, grains, beverages and other foodstuffs for his store. In the future he’d like to have a vehicle to transport his merchandise.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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