A loan of $850 helped to buy articles of clothing, blankets, and other merchandise for later sale.

Vicente Alcibiades's story

Vicente is 46, and married to María. They have four children, ages 20, 18, 15, and 13 respectively. The two eldest are already working, and the two youngest are still in school. Vicente tells us that previously he worked on his own account as a saddler (work done with leather). He used to have machines and also a workforce, but then he had a lean season, and left this line of work.

Currently he works as a travelling salesperson, as he carries all kinds of products to sell in the interior of the country and especially in the Chaco region. That's why he rents a small truck, and once a week goes out to sell to the small businesses of the area that he visits. He already has his own established list of customers.

The loan he is applying for, is to buy at wholesale the products he sells, such as articles of clothing, blankets, pants, footwear, and other merchandise.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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