A loan of $300 helped buy school supplies.

Jose Ruben's story

Jose, 34, lives on the outskirts of Guayaquil. He has two children, 9 and 8 years old. To support his family, he had to adapt his house and invest his savings in supplies for a grocery.

Jose began selling canned goods and rice and, with his wife's help, gradually built up the store. He buys stock for the store once a week and works there from 6:00am to 8:00pm every day. He now needs to buy the school supplies that his children needs and he wants to use this loan to buy books and other school supplies.

In the future, he wants to expand his stores with a wider range of products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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