A loan of $300 helped to buy candy, dairy products, soaps, etc. for his store.

Jose Evenor's story

José Evenor is 63 years old and lives in the town of Chichigalpa, which is known for its production of sugar cane and liquors. Chichigalpa is one of the hottest areas of Nicaragua. Five years ago, José was diagnosed with an illness. Since he was a young boy, José has worked in the fields, cutting sugar cane, watering the fields, and realizing other field labors.

Upon being diagnosed with this illness, despite still being strong, José stopped being hired because employers wanted to avoid medical expenses. Now, José lives off a reduced pension with which to pay his family's expenses. He relies on his small store to help him pay for his medical expenses.

José begins working at 6 a.m. each day to start his daily duties and later he works in the store. When he can leave, he helps his wife collect outstanding payments.

José will use this loan to cover his family expenses and to invest in his business to purchase candies, dairy products, and soaps to sell.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Craven

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