A loan of $625 helped purchase wood to expand his business.

Juan's story

Juan is single, is 35 years old and lives with his parents in the La Pava village, Mochumi district, located one hour from the city of Chiclayo.

He has been dedicated to working as a farm worker since he was young. He works in diverse fields in the area. Since this activity does not provide him with enough stablility to pay his personal expenses and help his parents, he began additional work raising animals and selling wood.

Juan buys carob trees recently felled from sellers in the area and cuts them into pieces to offer them to his customers in 30-unit "armadas" (bundles of wood). The business selling wood is useful in the area where he lives since the majority of families cook their food with this product. Additionaly, he raises animals in pens to sell them to vendors who visit the area.

Juan has already had a loan financed by Kiva and, thanks to that money, he acquired more wood with which he was able to expand his business. Now that he has become better known in this work and his demand has increased, he plans to keep growing as a businessman. To that end, he has seen fit to reapply for a loan of 1,700 new "soles."

Juan is very thankful for the people who have collaborated with him through the Kiva program. The help received has motivated him to resume his efforts to fight to get ahead and improve his and his family's quality of life.

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