A loan of $1,100 helped to buy basic staples, seeds and insecticide.

Luis Alejandro's story

The “Damas de Agua Fría” (Agua Fría Ladies) meets every two weeks in Ayacucho Parish in Santa Ana Canton, a place known for its beautiful fresh-water resorts that are a great tourist attraction in the canton and province. Luis, 24, lives here. He’s married but does not have children yet. His wife is actually six-months pregnant with their first baby; she’s a housewife.

Luis works in agriculture and doing work in the fields but also has a small store in the house where he lives. He sells all types of products like rice, sugar, oil, detergent, etc. there. He started with very little but as days passed and with help from the loans he’s been gradually enlarging the business and he currently has a well-stocked store. He works there with help from his wife who is the one that spends most of her time there since he has to work in agriculture. His parcel is currently ready for the arrival of winter and he will be planting corn and peanuts. He’s been in business more than two years and it makes it possible for him to get ahead.

He will use this loan to better stock his store. He will buy basic staples as well as seeds and insecticides for the crops. He’s been in the communal bank for two cycles and likes it for the help the institution provides. His dream is to have his own house and a larger, better-stocked store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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