A loan of $425 helped para invertir en la compra y venta de cerdos en pie to invest in the purchase and sale of live hogs.

Jose Anastacio's story

José Anastasio is 51 years old. He comes from Chinandega, in the municipality of Posoltega, which is located in the western part of the country. The people there are village people whose main economic activity is the raising and selling of hogs. José Anastasio is married, with six children aged 20, 18, 17, 15, 14 and 10. Four of his children are dependents, as they are students and still minors.

His business, which he has been running for 25 years, is itinerant. Unfortunately, due to a lack of financial resources, he was not able to pursue a university education and has therefore had to fight hard for his children to have better opportunities.

José Anastasio's routine is to get up at 4:00am every day to begin his journey to regions that are both nearby and far away to buy live hogs and resell them to butchers who will then sell the meat. He goes about this activity using a wagon pulled by horses, which he owns. He travels in the same wagon with the hogs.

He needs the financing in order to invest in the purchase of hogs to offer his established and new customers. José Anastasio is grateful to the Kiva investors for their help and opportunities for a dignified life that they offer the small vendors with few resources living in poor countries like Nicaragua. In this way, they are helping to eradicate some of the poverty of our country.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Wong

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