A loan of $1,375 helped to buy basic need products and panetones (a traditional sweet bread).

John's story

John, who is 35 years old, shares a nice life with his life partner, Ruth. The fruit of their loving relationship is their young daughter, Katerin, who is 11 years old. They own a house built with high quality materials, which they succeeded in building after many years of hard work.

Before John made a living working as a truck driver, covering diverse routes in the region, but decided to start a business selling groceries so that he would have more time with his family. With the strong support and leadership provided by Ruth, he has now run his business in the local market for 15 years. They started with just a small amount of groceries, but thanks to constant work and the good service they provide to their customers they have succeeded in expanding their business so that it is now a solid source of income which sustains their family. They now sell vegetables, groceries, and everything that is needed by the home makers that visit their business on a daily basis. John happily commented, that it is a good way to be able to get ahead, without having to be far away from those that he loves.

Entering into the New Year, John wants to be able to restock his store with the basic necessities, buying them at wholesale price so that he earns the most profit; he also wants to buy "panetones" (a traditional sweet bread, similar to fruitcake, that is commonly eaten around Christmas and New Years).

He would like to some day become a wholesale provider of basic needs products to small grocery stores located in rural areas, because he thinks it would be a good source of income. With the 3,500 nuevos soles he has requested he will be able to restock his store with products of daily need and buy "panetones", which provide good profit.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tricia Kell

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