A loan of $1,125 helped to buy merchandise to stock his business.

Francisco Javier's story

Francisco has sold merchandise for 20 years in the streets of Medellín, a city in the district of Antioquia. In this time he has learned everything he has needed to nurture his business, teach his wife, and leave a legacy for his two children, who have been interested in the business because of the emotion and tenacity with which Francisco has dedicated himself to sales. For 10 years he has been selling in the same location, since experience showed him that his sales had grown there.

Now 65, Francisco dreams of giving his family a better quality of life and of keeping his business as long as life allows. He knows that in the future his children will take over the business with the same effort that he himself showed. Nevertheless, at present Francisco sees the need to stock his business with sufficient merchandise to improve his earnings, but he doesn't have the capital that will help him invest in his business. For this reason he is requesting a loan that will help him not only to expand his business but also to give his family a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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