A loan of $1,075 helped to buy sandals and cosmetics.

Jose Vicente's story

When he was very young Jose started working in order to help his family financially. He started as a painting and plastering worker. He learned a lot about decoration, and then, with dedication and persistence, he became independent.

At 36 years of age, Jose has greater obligations than he did when he was young. Therefore, he started his business of selling shoes and cosmetics by order. He spends Mondays through Fridays on painting and decoration, and on the week-ends he delivers the orders he receives.

He is not married, but he has children whom he financially supports. He has people in his business who work with him, and this increases his sales.

He will use the loan he is requesting to buy sandals and cosmetics. He will also buy tools he needs for painting. He hopes to continue both businesses in the future. That way he will be able to finish building his house.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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