A loan of $650 helped to invest in his business and stock his merchandise.

Samuel Antonio's story

Samuel Antonio is 48, married, with one 12-year-old son who depends on him financially. For eight years, the work he has been doing is selling general merchandise door-to-door. In Nicaragua, the people who sell door-to-door are persons with very little in the way of financial resources, compared to merchants that have a permanent location.

He sells to regular and casual customers, to whom he extends credit, and makes his collections every two weeks.

Samuel started out with his own money, and learned his business through a family member who carried on the same type of work. Samuel appears in the photo, with a bag that he uses to carry his merchandise to sell to his customers.

He also has a video game business located in his home, a business where he has 18 years of experience. He has shown himself to be a very hard-working and enterprising person. His dream is to see his businesses grow, do improvements to his house, and provide better living conditions for his son.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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