A loan of $1,200 helped to buy women's blouses, skirts, men's shirts, pants, diapers, and socks and caps for babies.

José Antonio's story

José, 33, lives with his partner and three children aged 14, 12, and 4 months. He works providing his services as a driver and selling clothing, lotions, and cosmetics together with his partner. They have more than six years of experience in this line of work and learned it from a family member who worked in the clothing industry.They currently have 4 dozen garments including women's blouses, men's shirts, and baby clothing. José has always worked as a driver but today he supports his partner in selling clothing.

José will use the loan to buy clothing for his business including: 5 dozen women's blouses, 5 dozen skirts, 5 dozen men's shirts, 5 dozen pairs of pants, and diapers, socks, caps, etc. for babies. He purchases the merchandise from an area in the eastern zone of the country, 26 miles outside of the city where he lives. In this city one can buy clothing at an affordable price. Also where he lives Sundays are the days for other storekeepers to come from other places to sell clothing.

By buying this clothing, he will be able to have fashionable merchandise and meet the demand that he has at this time, as he currently has clients coming to his home and he has to tell them they have to wait until next week. With this loan he will be able to meet existing demand and thus sell more and increase his income and earning levels. With this income he is planning to purchase windows that can display his clothing, buying furniture to establish a mini bazaar, and improving the roof to his home.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Erin Sindewald

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