A loan of $650 helped to buy groceries to expand his store.

Carlos Antonio's story

Carlos, 19, is single and lives in Sololá. He has five brothers and two sisters. He's a hardworking young man who currently makes a living selling groceries in a store a few kilometers from his house.

He learned this job when he was 15. He worked with some friends outside of his town because he needed to do it, leaving school because of the death of his mother. So he had to help his father with the family necessities. Now he has four years of experience, which has made him independent, with his own grocery store.

He has seen that customer demand is good, as are his profits, and he needs to have a greater variety to give his customers better service.

He's requesting a loan for 5,000.00 Q [GTQ] to expand his store, buying more products so he can get more profit and continue growing and supporting the family economy, one of his goals he wants to achieve.

He dreams of having another grocery store in the future to generate more and better profits so he can continue building his own house and supporting his younger siblings so they stay in school.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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