A loan of $1,375 helped to buy stock merchandise for his store.

Carlos Telesforo's story

Carlos, 53, lives in Libertad; he has a home-based grocery store. He lives with his wife, Isabel, who sews for individuals. His children are adults and only one still lives with them; he attends public school.

He started out opening a small store in his neighborhood because there weren’t any at that time. He opened it six years ago and he’s done very well, so much so that he’s now been able to enlarge it. He works alongside his wife who says she keeps him company so that he won’t get bored. His work day isn’t too demanding since they are open from 8 in the morning to 7 at night every day.

Carlos comments that the best part is being able to control his own time so in days when he’s tired he doesn’t open and this is no problem. A short while ago they also started selling food at night and it’s having good results.

He will use the loan to buy merchandise for the store. Carlos tells us that his goal is to open a bicycle repair shop and two other businesses. We [Banco D-MIRO S.A.] believe that our couple has much ahead of them….Good Luck.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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