A loan of $1,000 helped to buy a used milk skimmer.

José Anibal's story

Jose, 36, has two children. He has operated a cheese- and cream-processing business for 4 years. He learned the business from a woman who had operated a similar business for 14 years. She taught him to make a dairy-based product called quesillo, a key ingredient for making pupusas. He saw that her business was profitable and decided to apply for a loan to start his own business. For now, he sells everything he makes to a wholesaler.

Jose leaves in his truck at 5:30 a.m. each morning to collect milk from the people he buys from. He then returns home to start the process of skimming the milk so that he can make quesillo.

Jose is applying for a Fundacion Campo loan that he will use to buy a used milk skimmer from a friend who wants to sell one. He needs the skimmer because the one he has now is old. He's lost hours of work because the old one is falling apart so the investment will allow him to be more productive.

For the future, Jose wants to rent a space in the city where he can set up his own wholesale dairy business because, he says, wholesale sales are more profitable.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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