A loan of $225 helped to buy fruit, bags and sugar and also to buy cement.

Jose Anselmo's story

José, 37, has a ten-year-old daughter and lives in a suburban neighborhood in San Pedro Sula with his wife and father-in-law. José used to work for a private security firm but three years ago decided to set up his own natural fruit juice beverage business. He sells from place to place around the city offering his products to customers in auto shops and gas stations among other businesses. The juices are from fruit like oranges, sugarcane and tamarind and he sells them in plastic bags and also in bottles. He also sells medicinal herbs like ‘quiebra piedra,’ [‘stone breaker’ - rainforest herb] ‘calaguala’ [a medicinal fern] and others. He states that the business is quite profitable and to date he’s been able to cover his family’s needs.

He’s asking for a second ODEF and KIVA loan for 4,400 Lempiras to buy supplies like oranges, sugar, plastic buckets and bags to make the juice drinks. He will also use part of the loan to buy cement to fix the floor at home that’s he’s been gradually improving. He continues with his plant to help her daughter with her schooling until she graduates and also to continue making home improvements.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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