A loan of $850 helped to buy a display cabinet to showcase products and buy basic groceries to stock the cabinet.

Carlos Mario's story

Entrepreneurial and visionary are the words that best describe Carlos Mario, a person that in spite of that fact that he doesn't come from a wealthy family has had the strength to get ahead and gibe his parents a better quality of life.
Carlos Mario used to work at a dressmaking shop, but he didn't want to continue to work there because he didn't get paid well. Since then he started a general store, in which he only sold vegetables at the beginning. Because Carlos Mario knew how to manage his money, he saved most of the income and re-invested it in the business and now he also sells basic groceries. Carlos Mario now has small savings and hopes to buy display cabinets to show his products at the store. However, he doesn't have enough money to buy them and also buy merchandise to stock the store, so he hopes a loan gives him the access to a display cabinet and to buy basic groceries to stock it. Carlos Mario hopes that this way his sales will increase considerably, because the store will be more presentable to his clients, who will be able to find a larger variety of products. Carlos Mario dreams to see his parents enjoy a better quality of life and hopes that with the good income form the store he can offer this to them. He also hopes one day to be able to own a supermarket and employ people with needs.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sofia Burt

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