A loan of $300 helped strawberries, avocados, and blackberries.

Jose Gilberto's story

José Columbo is 43, and he lives in Paraiso de Guayaquil on the outskirts of the city of Guayaquil. His is single, but he has two grown daughters. One of his daughters lives with him and helps him with the house while he goes to work.

José started with a table and a blender outside of his house making juices and fruit shakes from watermelon and pineapple. Driven by the fact that he was the only source of income for the household, he decided to invest his savings and rent a place for his business.

His business has now improved with tables and chairs. He has also started serving breakfast with tostadas. He starts working very early preparing everything for his customers.

He wants to use the loan to buy fruit like strawberries, blackberries, and avocado for his breakfast business.

In the future he wants to improve his place to be able to have more customers. He wants to make his old age secure with a good business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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