A loan of $1,125 helped to buy a motorcycle to move his shaved ice maker from place to place.

Pedro Vicente's story

Pedro is a 39-year-old man. He’s married and he and his wife have three little children who are 5, 8 and 12 years old, all attending school although they are currently on vacation. In order to get ahead, he and his wife work hard every day. His wife’s a woman who sells daily meals, beer and ‘salchipollos’ [traditional fast food snack consisting of fried potatoes with fried chicken and condiments]. Profits allow them to earn money needed for household expenses.

Pedro, like all responsible family men, works every day. He sells ‘raspadillas’ [shaved ice topped with flavored syrup] from 9 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon. This hard work enables him to earn on average 80 soles a day and if he has a very good day, which is what Pedro wishes for every day, he can earn up to 180 soles. He normally tends to between 60 and 130 customers. He knows that his business is successful because the syrups he uses to make the shaved ice are based on pure fruit and because he provides very good customer service. Pedro must take advantage of the hot season in the city of Mala because during the first three months of the year his product is highly sought-after. His loan adviser commented to us that Pedro was situated in one of Coayllo’s squares located in the city of Mala and his interview had to be postponed because of the large affluence of customers he has. Besides, there are buses and autos that the people get off of precisely to buy his product and then climb in again.

This family constantly support and love each other and this is why Pedro has also gone into bricklaying but only when he gets construction contracts. This is how he generates additional income for the family during the other months of the year.

Thanks to support from Kiva lenders he will be able to buy a linear motorcycle that he can use to transport his shave ice maker from place to place and go to nearby zones to sell when they have their festivals or other types of activities. His goal is to generate the necessary income to educate his three little ones and to supply his business with new tables and chairs. But his greatest dream is to be able to enlarge his house and install his wife’s restaurant in the front part of it.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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