A loan of $900 helped to repair his rood and floor.

Salvador's story

Salvador is 23 years old, married and has one son. Two years ago he decided to start and establish his own bakery business (French bread). Before starting this business, he was a baker’s helper for eight years and then decided to go out on his own and satisfy a need in his neighborhood.

He will use the money from this loan to prepare his shop and the gallery where he has the artesian oven. It turns out that the floor is a dirt floor and the metal roof is damaged and allows water to leak in during the winter. The dust created during the summer and puddles in the winter make it necessary to buy metal for the roof, sand, and cement to fix the dirt floor. He will also buy molds so that he can increase his production of bread.

Salvador travels to the Cabecera department to buy supplies three times a week. On these days he gets up very early because he has to walk a full kilometer to get to the main street where he catches the bus for a two hour round trip. When he gets off the bus, his wife is already waiting for him to take the products home. There is no street, so they have to carry the things on their backs.

He bakes his bread in the evening and has his wife’s support and help from an assistant. He sells the bread personally with no transportation; he carries it in a basket and walks around the whole neighborhood. People prefer it because it’s hot and artesian, so he has a strong market.

Salvador had never had a loan before. He invested the money he saved up when he was working for others, but he needed a loan to be able to strengthen his production unit, be more competitive, and be able to sell in neighboring areas. Above all, he wants to improve his bakery. He used the money from this loan to invest in bread baking and more so for the Christmas season, when his sales increase. His desire is to have a house of his own in the future; he currently lives with his father in law and he is a little uncomfortable. He also wants to provide better living conditions for his wife, his son, and any others that God gives him.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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