A loan of $575 helped to increase stock in his shop.

António Samuel's story

António Samuel B. was born in Impaputo, a community 25 km from the town of Namaacha on the border with Swaziland. His partner and two-year-old daughter live with him in his house.

António only attended school through the fourth grade and had to leave school because of the war that rocked the region. He worked in his uncle's house for five years but had to leave that job because of his poor health, which prevented him from doing heavy labor. With the money he had earned while working with his uncle, he purchased a freezer and started selling frozen products such as ice, chicken, and fish. When his freezer broke, he emigrated to South Africa in an attempt to find a good job and buy a new freezer. He returned home three months later when he learned that his eldest son had died, and decided to stay close to his family. But the money he had brought back wasn't enough to start a good business. He approached Hluvuku requesting a loan of 7000 meticals, which he paid off without any problems. Today he owns a shop in Impaputo and travels twice a month, spending 7000 meticals on each trip and making a profit of 4000 meticals a month. In addition to his daughter, he takes care of his mother, who lives with him in his house.

This is António's second loan with Hluvuku and his first with Kiva. The first 7000 meticals were used to buy products to start his business, and these 15,000 meticals will be used to increase his stock of products. He's confident he will repay the loan early and request a new one in order to continue to expand his business.

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Translated from Portuguese by Kiva volunteer Andrea Rosenberg

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