A loan of $750 helped to buy rice, sugar and groceries.

Ricardo Sebastian's story

Ricardo started his business about 15 years ago because he was let go from work. After that event in his life he decided to start his own business and gradually it grew economically in sales until it became a well-stocked store.

His work schedule starts at 6am when he heads out to the market to buy fresh vegetables; his wife watches the store. He closes the store at 10pm. One of his difficulties is crime but the police is making its presence known in his neighborhood more frequently now.

Ricardo has two children but they are both independent adults now. He will use the loan to buy rice, sugar and groceries. One of his goals for the next five years is to buy building materials, cement, rebar and sand, to continue improving his house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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