A loan of $600 helped to buy household items and small electrical aplliances.

José Daniel's story

57-year-old Jose lives in the city of Cartagena with his wife and five children aged 3 to 15. There, he sells a variety of merchandise. Early everyday he goes out on the streets of the city, selling mops, brooms, buckets, pots and general small electrical appliances. His experience in this business goes back to his adolescence, in the streets of Cartago, a municipality in the department of Valle del Cauca, where he would accompany his father to buy the items to sell street by street in Cali, a beautiful city where salsa music is breathed in every corner of the city. When Jose was old enough to do it, and moved to Cartagena, he started the same business there, with the aim of generating income that would permit him to support his family. His dream is to have his own local where he could set up his business and not wander the streets with all of his merchandise in order to manage to sell it, under the harsh Caribbean sun of this breezy beach town. His biggest goal is to achieve the capitalization of his business and to set up his store in a strategic spot to increase his sales. This is the reason why he is turning to a Kiva loan, the first funding that he will get from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, through which he will buy household items and small electrical appliances that his customers have pre-ordered. Jose persistently works because, as a good farther, he dreams of seeing his kids turn into successful people and of building a promising future for them. Therefore, he puts all of his efforts into achieving this through his work.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jacqueline Demeranville

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