A loan of $775 helped purchase beehive frames to produce honey; also to stock the merchandise business he started for his wife, taking advantage of the busy area they live in.


Juan Alberto's story

Juan Alberto is a very good man who brought the country to the city 13 years ago. He worked in agriculture and stockbreeding and went to the City of Cartagena for a year. Then looking for a similar way of life, he settled in San Jacinto, the land of the hand-made Hammocks in Colombia. He was hired by the Town and learned apiculture or the art of handling bee colonies to produce the purest honey. This is the job he has now. He raised capital this way so that his wife could work at what she likes most, merchandise sales like children’s clothing, women’s clothing and underwear, and a cell phone service. These are the businesses that have generated the income, especially to support their 3 children who are 12, 14 and 17 years old. This is Juan Alberto’s third loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. The organization has supported him in increasing his income and in expanding his beehives. Today it is a lot bigger and produces more income each year due to the purity of the honey. He will invest the loan to buy beehive frames and to stock the merchandise sales business he started for his wife, taking advantage of the busy area they live in. Since he is a business man, he knows that he must work and save so that his children can study at the university. This is his big dream and currently his maximum challenge, as well as his obligation to be more productive and prosperous every day.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sue Haynes



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