A loan of $375 helped to buy bottled gas for cooking.

José Augusto's story

José is 48 years old and lives with his wife and children in their own house. The house is connected to water and electricity, and is located in the built-up area of the district of Ferreñafe in the province of Chiclayo. The area is known for farming, cattle rearing and tourism.

For several years José has been selling bottled gas for cooking. There is not much competition in his area. He has a loyal clientele which places orders at 30 days' intervals (the expected duration of a gas cylinder). He spends his income on family expenditures.

José came to the microfinance institution Edpyme Alternativa and applied for a loan of 1000 new soles to buy more gas to meet the demand of his customers and thus provide for his own needs. The profit will enable him to pay the loan installments and improve his quality of life. José is a responsible man who with much effort and sacrifice supports his family. Like any father he wants his children to become professionals in future and that they achieve what they set out to do.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Robert Mouris

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