A loan of $1,500 helped to buy baking trays, flour to make sweet bread, and a bicycle for another vendor he plans to hire.

José Lázaro's story

José is 28 years old, married, and has three children who are 6, 4 and 2 years old. He has been working as a baker for 15 years and started when he moved from his hometown to the city and got a job washing the molds at a bakery. Little by little he learned how to make bread. Due to the violence of the city, José decided to move back to his hometown and start his own bakery.

He buys flour, butter, and other baking supplies in the country's capital. He travels the 160 km to the city once a week and spends 20 dollars just on transport. He buys 20 bags of flour on every journey, but his purchase does not qualify for home delivery.

He is requesting the loan from Fundación Campo to buy baking trays, flour to make sweet bread, and a bicycle so that he can hire another employee. José has three employees who go out on bicycles to sell bread in the surrounding communities, and with another bicycle he will be able to hire another employee making a total of four. Currently, he only makes French bread, but with the help of the loan, he will start to make sweet breads, which is what his customers are asking for. His wife helps him to make the bread, but only from time to time because she has to take care of their children.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Geraldine Pugh

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