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Justo Rufino Pérez is a man who dedicates himself to selling women’s and children’s clothing. He has approximately 15 years of experience in this business, which currently is the primary means of income for him and his family. He has a clothing stand in a well-known market in Guatemala, the Roosevelt Market, where women come to purchase his items as well as mothers for their children.

Rufino Pérez states that he has undertaken to provide excellent service to his customers to ensure repeat business, and also indicates that he sells his products at good prices so that they will return to see him.
Rufino buys items to sell such as sweaters, blouses, women and children’s suits, as well as onesies, pants and tops for children.

Rufino comments that during this season he has the opportunity to add another business, given the nearness of the Christmas holidays. The Guatemala municipality, in the month of December, rents two square meters of space to sell holiday-related items. This occurs in the famous 6th Avenue of Guatemala Street, a location with a great deal of commerce.

Rufino needs funding to purchase supplies, so he will have the necessary items to sell. During this season, he has one person to help him at his other stand so that he can make sure both locations are well tended to.

In addition, Rufino indicates that he is well-known at the Roosevelt Market where students from San Carlos University seek him out. He mentions that even professional women visit him to buy his goods, which motivates him further to continue forging ahead along with his family.

Rufino’s dream is to see his family prosper, providing education, good health, a home and, most of all, a loving family.
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Justo Rufino Pérez, es un hombre que se dedica al comercio de ropa (mujer y niño).
Lleva aproximadamente 15 años de experiencia en el negocio; donde actualmente es la fuente vital de ingresos para su familia y para él; él tiene un puesto de ropa en la banqueta de un mercado muy conocido a nivel nacional de Guatemala, es el mercado el Roosevelt, allí le llegan a comprar señoras, señoritas, madres para sus niños, niñas.
Rufino Pérez dice que él se ha propuesto atender bien a sus clientes para que puedan regresar de nuevo, además índica que les da un buen precio para que lo busquen en otra oportunidad.
Rufino compra en una bodega la ropa para mujer, como suéteres, blusas, trajes para dama, trajes para niño, y también playeras, pantalones, blusitas para niños.
Rufino comenta que en esta época él tiene la oportunidad de colocar un negocio mas, por la temporada navideña; la municipalidad de Guatemala, en el mes de Diciembre le alquila un dos metros cuadrados de una banqueta para poder poner negocios navideños; esto ocurre en la famosa SEXTA AVENIDA DE GUATEMALA, un lugar donde hay mucho comercio.
Rufino necesita el dinero para poder adelantar la compra de mercadería y así poder tener lo necesario para poder comercializar; en esa temporada tiene una persona que le ayuda en el otro puesto, para no descuidar ninguno de los dos.
Además Rufino indica que en el mercado el Roosevelt allí ya es conocido, lo llegan buscar estudiantes de la universidad de San Calos, y menciona que llegan hasta doctoras que le llegan a comprar, esto a él lo ha motivado por seguir adelante con su familia.
El sueño de Rufino es ver a su familia prospera, brindándoles educación, salud, vivienda y sobre todo el amor en familia.

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About FAPE

FAPE, the Foundation for the Assistance of Small Businesses, is a nonprofit, socially-minded institution that provides loans to micro-entrepreneurs across Guatemala.

About Guatemala

  • $5,300
    Average annual income
  • 116
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $10,315,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.6
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Rufino to purchase clothing at low prices to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 13, 2008
Dec 10, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 23, 2009