A loan of $1,075 helped to buy medicine, vitamins, diapers, shampoo, etc.

Jose Dimas's story

José, 50, lives in Fortín, a recently-established urban sector of Guayaquil. He started selling pharmaceuticals in this neighborhood a few years ago; he stocked the most indispensable, most in demand items. He got the idea because he’s always liked to help out in his neighborhood and there were no nearby pharmacies. His pharmacy is currently very well stocked and he has competition but his customers are very loyal to him because he inspires confidence. The pharmacy is open from 8 in the morning until 7 at night. He sells Amevan, Detan, menthol, vitamin C, diapers, remedies, shampoo, etc. He tends to the business by himself because his wife’s a housewife and cares for their children. He feels productive with the store and this is why he wants to expand it requesting the loan to buy medicine. His future goal is to expand the business and to be able to hire someone to help him tend to customers so he can spend more time with his family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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