A loan of $1,000 helped to buy $200 in clothing for all ages, $150 in CDs and DVDs, $100 in earrings and decals, $250 in costume jewelry, and $250 to buy backpacks for students.


José Santos's story

José is forty-one and has one child. He's a person who has really made an effort to support his child. He was in an alcohol rehab center for two years, where he learned how to sell costume jewelry, CDs, DVDs, clothing for all ages, backpacks, etc. He now has eleven years' experience and has two locales, one of which is by the community schools in the area north of the department where he lives. Previously he worked in agriculture, growing basic grains. He is very well-known in his area for his sociability and charisma. José buys his merchandise every eight days, traveling to the capital, where he can get them for the best prices. He takes three buses to get there. José is seeking a loan from Fundación Campo to buy $200 in clothing for all ages, $150 in CDs and DVDs, $100 in earrings and decals, $250 in costume jewelry, and $250 to buy backpacks for students. With the investment he'll have plenty of inventory so he can offer more products to his clients this season and when school starts. He hopes sales will increase considerably so he can earn more and build a more decent house and get a car to transport merchandise from one place to another more conveniently.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske



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