A loan of $400 helped to buy 12 pounds of annatto, 12 pounds of cumin, 14 pounds of peppers, 12 pounds of ground cumin, 10 pounds of garlic salt, 8 pounds of onion salt, 10 pounds of cinnamon, 6 pounds of rosemary, 9 pounds of chia, 6 pounds of starch, 8 pounds of bicarbonate, 4 pounds of aniseed, 6 gallons of mustard, 6 gallons of black salsa, 6 of jam, 6 gallons of chili, and other items.


Wilber Enrique's story

Wilber is 29 and single. He lives with a sister and two cousins. His parents separated when he was very young, so he has always lived with his siblings.

Wilber has sold spices for three years: cumin, annatto, allspice, black pepper, and others. His sister taught him this business, and it is now his source of income. He gets up at 5:00 am to go to work. He goes to the capital city by bus to buy his spices. The trip takes him two and a half hours to get to the terminal, then he gets on a microbus which drives him downtown. After this, he walks to the central market where he buys his merchandise; then he returns home. He buys the spices by the pound and by the gallon. He then divides them into smaller portions to sell in the various municipalities and cantons. He goes from store to store, offering his products, and comes home at 5:00 pm.

Wilber will use this loan to buy: to buy 12 pounds of annatto, 12 pounds of cumin, 14 pounds of peppers, 12 pounds of ground cumin, 10 pounds of garlic salt, 8 pounds of onion salt, 10 pounds of cinnamon, 6 pounds of rosemary, 9 pounds of chia, 6 pounds of starch, 8 pounds of bicarbonate, 4 pounds of aniseed, 6 gallons of mustard, 6 gallons of black salsa, 6 of jam, 6 gallons of chili, and other items.

With this investment, Wilber will be able to stock his business. He will buy his products wholesale, allowing him to offer his customers better prices and to cover their demand. He will be able to make a better income through saving time and money, since he goes to the capital twice a week, and with this investment he will only have to go once a week.

Wilber is an enterprising young man, who has fought to get ahead. He saves his earnings, since he wants his business to grow so that he can hire two or three people to go out and sell his products while he stays back and prepares them. This way he will have more time; for financial reasons, he had to stop attending university. His greatest dream is to graduate with a Bachelor in English; he is only two years short. In order to achieve his dreams, Wilber works very hard and saves as much as he can so that he can continue with his studies next year and graduate.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper



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