A loan of $800 helped to stock his business with products like rice, sugar, meat, soap, flour, and soft drinks.


Jose Santos's story

Jose Santos is 33 years old and single. He lives with his sister in San Jose in the Lempira department. Three years ago, looking to get an income, he established a mini-market business. He sells food staples like corn, beans, rice, sugar, bread, coffee, flour, pastas, salt, eggs, and soft drinks, etc. He also has worked in agriculture, and he grows basic grains. He devotes part of his time to the business and the other part to farming. He tends to his customers from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. His sister helps him take care of the store. In order to stock the business he has requested loans from ODEF. This current one is his fourth loan. He will use the loan to buy products like rice, sugar, meat, soap, flour, and soft drinks. The loans have helped him increase the inventory, and his business looks different. He wishes to fix up his house with the earnings.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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