A loan of $1,000 helped drinks and snacks.

Andres Crisostomo's story

Andrés, age 52, lives in an urban area called Suburbio. Most of the inhabitants there are informal merchants. He has a small, stocked store.

He started the store 11 years ago in order to get more income and to be able to support his family. He currently works in his store half time. He is a heavy machinery operator so that he can have more income. He works from 8:00 a.m. in his store until he leaves to operate the machinery. When he is not in the store his wife takes care of it until her returns. The store is open until 9:00 p.m. He sells groceries and movies on CDs.

With the loan he wants to buy drinks and snacks in order to better stock his store. In the future he wants to expand his store. He also wants to build a house in order to ensure his and his wife’s old age.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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