A loan of $1,175 helped to buy a copier for his office services business.

Juan Jose Oswaldo's story

Juan, 27, lives in Ica, a city know for its mild and pleasant climate. The area is famous for the crops produced here: asparagus, grapes, cotton, etc. Juan is a hard worker, but he takes time now and then to enjoy himself. He especially likes "arroz chaufa", a traditional rice dish.

Juan worked hard to complete a course in computing and information technology. He then saved enough to start an Internet cafe business. He works around 12 hours a day and sees up to 20 customers. He says that the business is a success because he takes care of his customers and because he has worked hard to make it a success.

Juan says that he is grateful to Kiva lenders because your help will allow him to buy a photocopier and pay to maintain his computers. The investment will allow him to provide a better service and, in turn, increase his income. For the future, he wants to fulfill his dream of "owning my own house".

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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