A loan of $1,200 helped to buy 12 plastic graters, 6 dozen brooms, 6 dozen steel wool sponges, 6 dozen colanders, 6 dozen Teflon ladles, 6 dozen pieces of cutlery, 6 dozen tin plates, 6 dozen pitchers, 20 bottles y to change the tires on his vehicle and make other repairs.


Cristobal Alfides's story

Cristobal, 58, is married with 5 children, but only one lives with him. He has worked as a mason for more than 30 years, and learned the trade from some friends. Together with his wife, he also opened a business 6 years ago selling plastic goods. His inventory is 10 dozen flat-brimmed plates, 5 dozen soup bowls, 10 dozen crates of various sizes, 2 dozen steel wool sponges for washing dishes, 1 dozen aluminum colanders, 2 dozen kitchen towels and 2 dozen tablecloths. He buys his merchandise in a city in the eastern part of the country, which is 27 kilometers from where he lives. He finds the plastic goods at a better price there.

Cristobal asks Fundacion Campo for a loan to buy 1 dozen plastic graters, 6 dozen brooms, 6 dozen steel wool sponges, 6 dozen colanders, 6 dozen Teflon ladles, 6 dozen pieces of cutlery, 6 dozen tin plates, 6 dozen pitchers, 20 bottles and to change the tires and make other repairs to his vehicle.

This will help Cristobal to increase and diversify his inventory so that he can offer more to his customers and satisfy the current demand. He will also have his vehicle in good working condition.

From the income that he makes as a result of the sales, he wants to save money in order to buy some land and build a house, since they currently live in a rental home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus



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