A loan of $1,000 helped purchase rice, beverages, sugar, and candy.

Luis Alverto's story

Luis is 52 years old and has a store at the front of his house (his children, ages 12 and 10, appear in the photo). He lives in a periurban area with dirt roads called “Paraíso”.

Last year Luis had many goals for his family to accomplish, but his wife left him alone to take care of their three young children. He started working as a porter in the early morning hours at the market so that he could spend time with them. Using his savings and a loan, Luis bought provisions and opened a store in his house. Over time he improved his home by constructing it out of cement. His children are now 16, 12, and 10 and help him manage the store when they return from school. Meanwhile he goes out looking for more work so that he can provide his children with a better life.

To continue his business, Luis wants to use this loan to buy rice, beverages, sugar, and candy. In the future he wants his children to have a better life and create separate spaces in his house so that they can have their own rooms.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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