A loan of $575 helped to buy merchandise (wholesale).


Laureano's story

Laureano is 57 years old but tells us that he has the spirit and vitality of a youth of 18. He is married, and together with his wife he has an 11 year old son who is in his first year of secondary school and for which he gives life by giving him what is necessary to be happy. Laureano lives in the city of Imperial, a city with extensive agricultural land of top quality, complete with permanent water for irrigation which includes the presence of irrigation canals that have an enormous impact on agricultural production and activity.
Laureano is very hardworking, with much great effort and dedication he managed to save money and forge his business which today is a general store. He works around 9 hours daily, since at night he works as a guard of the beaches of the city. Therefore when nightfall arrives his wife and son are in charge of the business since he goes to perform his other job. It is Laureano who tells us that without sacrifice there is no reward and if one wants to get ahead you have to do what you can. He believes that his business is going well because his family is his best motivation. Additionally they are very close and all cooperate in order to move forward.
Laureano is very thankful to the Kiva lenders since thanks to the help provided he will be able to buy more merchandise and be able to offer a wider variety of products. With this improvement he will be able to have increased profits and be able to save in order to achieve his great dream: “To give a profession to his son and better the quality of life for his family.”

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Erin Yamaoka



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