A loan of $1,000 helped to buy 300 pounds of sugar, 300 pounds of rice, 3 crates of soap, 10 boxes of bleach, 10 gallons of cooking oil, 10 cartons of eggs, salt, bread, soft drinks, batteries, cards, and other products.


Ramón's story

Ramon, 54, is married and has one child. He is a farmer, and he's also had a store in his house for 6 years. His wife runs the store when he is not at home. In order to attend to his business he gets up at 5am, because his customers arrive in the morning to make their purchases. When he goes to work on the farm, he gets up even earlier, works for 6 hours, and later returns for lunch. He acquires his products in the city; to get there he has to walk on foot until he can board a bus that takes 40 minutes to arrive in the city. Ramon is requesting a loan from Fundacion Campo to buy 300 pounds of sugar, 300 pounds of rice, 3 crates of soap, 10 boxes of bleach, 10 gallons of cooking oil, 10 cartons of eggs, salt, bread, soft drinks, batteries, cards, and other products. With this investment, he plans to meet the demand of his customers, because there are times when they are looking for certain products and he doesn't have them available. Ramon's dream is to save to build a brick house, because the home he lives in is made of daub and wattle and it doesn't provide him with the security he needs for his household and his business. He also wants to provide his child with an education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar



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