A loan of $350 helped purchase supplies to expand his convenience store.

Jose Rodolfo's story

José is 33 years old and lives with his wife and their 11-year-old son in the home of his mother, located in La Hollería, district of Mórrope, an hour away from the city of Chiclayo. His original profession is pottery. He makes clay pots and vases at his home at the request of an intermediary who comes and picks up the products eventually. Until a year ago he was also working at an agribusiness, but it had to cut staff and he was fired. With his severance pay he set up a small convenience store in his home thanks to his wife's initiative, and this business assures them of a stable family income. Eventually he also found work as a civil construction worker, but it is not a permanent job like his pottery work. Because of all this he has seen the need to request his first loan of 1,000 soles (approximately $350) through Kiva partner Edpyme Alternative, to use to purchase more merchandise and expand his store. He is an honest father and worker, and his dream is to expand his store and acquire a truck so he can make a living distributing drinks throughout his area since these products are in short supply at local stores.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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