A loan of $400 helped to buy basic family basket products.

Álvaro De Jesús's story

Álvaro is 55 years old. He started his life as a merchant in the town of Santa Bárbara, Colombia when he was 18 years old. Thanks to his father's support, he set up a store where he sold basic family basket products. After marrying, he decided to live in the town of Itagüí where he lives now with his wife and two children. He transferred his business and works every day from eight in the morning until eight at night. Thanks to this activity, he has been able to guarantee his family a dignified life and an education for his children.

At this time, he wants to expand his portfolio due to the high demand in the area. That is why he is asking for a loan, since he doesn't have the capital to make the investment.

His biggest dream is to be able to convert his store into a self serve market and improve his income.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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