A loan of $1,275 helped to buy food to stock his store.

Jose Santos's story

José Santos, 64, is married and has three adult children. He's from the department of León, in the western part of the country.

José Santos's job is selling staples and kiosk items. His business is in a fixed location in town. He has had the business for 29 years. It came about because he lacked a regular job but he needed an income for the household expenses.

He needs the loan to invest in working capital and stock his store with rice, beans, sugar, wheat, and cereals, and kiosk products such as cookies, bread, soda, juice, pastries, cheese snacks, "tortillitas," and fried yucca.

José Santos is grateful for the help that Kiva lenders give to low-income people and poor countries such as Nicaragua so they have a means for a decent job.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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