A loan of $450 helped to buy women's and men's clothes.

Silvestre's story

There is a community in the state of Oaxaca called San Miguel Soyaltepec. It has a very large lagoon that produces a lot of fish and work every year. It is also known because the Cerro de Oro Hydroelectric Dam is located there. Mr. Silvestre Sánchez, 32, lives in this community. He studied up to 9th grade. He’s married and has three children who attend the local school in the community.

Silvestre tells us: “I have always worked but the economic situation is more and more difficult every day and money is never enough especially when one has children in school. I talked to my wife and we decided that I’d sell women’s and men’s clothes when I got off work in order to help ourselves out a bit more with household expenses and my children’s schooling.”

Silvestre has been selling clothes for a little more than two years and he tells us that he sells them among his friends and neighbors in the community. He says that it was difficult to acquire customers at first but now people know him and sometimes even come by his house looking for a blouse or a pair of shorts to give as presents at parties. He needs this loan to invest in the purchase of blouses, skirts, shorts, underwear, pants,
t-shirts, socks and dresses to sell later.

He hopes that with this investment his business will grow and produce good profits because he wants his children to have a better quality of life and study a profession in the future. He also sends many greetings and thanks to the Fundación for the support it’s given him in granting the loan.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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