A loan of $375 helped to purchase products such as rice, meat, soda, and oil and to repair the roof of his business.

Roger Alejandro's story

Roger Alejandro is an enterprising person. At present, he has his own establishment but previously sold his merchandise in the street. He works six days a week, from six in the morning until three in the afternoon. He is engaged in the business of selling meals and offers a variety of foods. In the morning, he sells “leche agria” (a fermented milk product), sandwiches, and coffee. In the afternoon, he sells delicious lunches such as fried chicken, roasted meat, enchiladas, soda, and natural soft drinks. He has two daughters, ages three and nine, who attend school. He works with his wife, who prepares the meals. Roger serves the customers and makes the daily purchases for his business. In the photo, he appears at his business with a dish of “gallo pinto” (rice and beans) with cheese, avocado, and fried bananas, a typical Nicaraguan dish. He is frying meat on the grill in the artisanal kitchen.

He has been a client of the institution since 2007. He used the earlier loans to invest in establishing a fixed location as he previously sold his merchandise in the street. He has qualified to receive loans based on his ability to pay. He is applying for a loan from our institution to invest in working capital. He will purchase rice, oil, sugar, meat, and soda in order to prepare a larger quantity of meals and offer more variety to his customers. Also, he wishes to repair the roof of his business because it rains heavily during the winter season, and customers don’t come for fear of getting wet. He is grateful to Ceprodel and Kiva for placing their trust in him. Through means of the loans, he has expanded his business and made home improvements. This has allowed him to sustain his home and have better living conditions for himself and his family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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