A loan of $575 helped to buy construction materials in order to make improvements to his business.

Ricardo De Jesús's story

Ricardo is a humble, hard-working man who worked for many years in recycling. Through a programme run by a foundation, he discovered that he has a great entrepreneurial spirit. He decided to take advantage of the fact that his home is located on the corner of the main street in his neighbourhood. He has been very proactive and has worked hard to establish his business. He had to confront a difficult situation; the government wanted to close his business for invading public space. However, after collecting over 100 signatures and getting legal advice, he was able to defend himself and he now has the necessary permissions. Ricardo hopes that a loan will provide him with the ability to buy construction materials to make some improvements to his business. He promised the government body that regulates the use of public space that he would make these improvements.
Ricardo hopes to keep improving his business and to prosper. His dream is to be a professional and to go to university, paying his tuition with the income from his business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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