A loan of $700 helped to buy stock merchandise for his store and farm supplies.

David's story

David, 29, lives with his life companion that he’s lived with for three years. He works as a security guard and his wife does domestic chores and runs their small store. David has been working for a security firm since September 27, 2009. He works 14-hour shifts, a day on and one off. In his spare time he cares for his corn crop in small parcels on one manzana (7,000 square meters). Family members help him with this work which is located in his place of birth fifty kilometers approximately from the city.

The store is run directly by his wife. It’s been in operation two years. He went into this business because he stopped working for the firm he’d been working with. Because of the experience he’s gained working managing a store when he still lived with his mother he decided to open his store with the money he got from his severance pay.

He buys the merchandise he sells in his store at the municipal market and in shopping centers in the city where he resides that’s 1.5 kilometers from home. He will use the loan to buy merchandise for the store and $120 to buy fertilizer for the corn crops.

The loan will help him maintain his initiatives and desire to make progress by increasing volume and diversification of basic staples available for sale in his store and to improve the productivity of his corn crops.

He trusts that his experience and management ability. He wants to make his business grow because he prefers to be self-employed because it allows him more time to spend with his family and to improve his relationship. At the same time, his income is higher than the minimum wage he’d be able to hope for working as an employee. He wants to have children and be able to give them personalized care.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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