A loan of $700 helped to buy two dozen skirts, blouses, bras, women’s underwear, socks, men’s underwear and boxer shorts, handkerchiefs, etc.


Juan Ramón's story

Juan is 38 years of age, married, and has four children. He has worked as a builder since he was 18, and he learned this trade with some friends. This was because, when he got married, he needed to learn everything. In addition to working as a builder, alongside his wife he also works selling clothes on the street, and has done so for two years.

Miguel and his wife get up very early to make breakfast for their children before they go to school. They stay at home organizing suitcases which they use to take the clothing out to sell, and come home between midday and 1:30 to prepare the lunch for their children. Then, during the evening, they go to church. They buy the products they need for their business in a city. To get there, they need to walk for about 15 minutes, and then take a bus for 30 minutes before arriving at their destination.

Miguel plans to use his loan to buy two dozen skirts, blouses, bras, women’s underwear, socks, men’s underwear and boxer shorts, handkerchiefs, etc. He plans to use this money to meet the need for better items, as his customers request things which they cannot supply due to a lack of money. They also go to buy items every eight days, and with the loan they will be able to buy for the whole month, so that they can buy at better prices and with more variety. Miguel and his wife do all they can to give their children a better quality of life, and their goal is to ensure that they finish university, but Miguel has not been able to do this yet due to a lack of resources.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert



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