A loan of $600 helped to buy merchandise (thread, yarn, needles, scourers and cotton buds).

José Eusebio's story

José is 62 years old and lives in the town of San Agustin Mextepec. He is married and lives in his own home. José's wife is a housewife and also raises animals such as lambs, pigs and chickens to make a little bit of extra money. There are 6 people in José's family: himself, his wife and four children (2 sons and 2 daughters). None of his children are dependent on him any longer, however, as they are all married and have their own children.

José is in the building trade but this does not provide daily work so he also works selling household products. Every weekend, José goes out to sell his products in the town market, the busiest market day being Sunday. On Sundays he goes out very early in the morning, sets up his stall and sells yarn, thread, needles, scouring pads, cotton buds and personal hygiene products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, sponges, etc.

José already has 40 years of experience in this business. His does not find his business difficult and is used to the work. He knows what it means to be a salesman and doesn't worry too much. He comments that there are good days and bad days in every business but every business is blessed and grumbling doesn't make things go any better.

José re-invests the profits that he makes in his business, buying new products. One of his children helps him choose what to buy. He chooses new products that he sees will sell easily. He also gives some money to his wife but not a lot since his wife also makes income from her animals.

José and his wife support each other in covering their expenses and each of them manages to get ahead in their business. They are slowly building up savings so that they have money available in case of emergency or in case one of them should fall ill.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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