A loan of $400 helped to buy tamarind fruit.

Ángel José's story

Ángel, 43, knows how to earn his daily bread and offer his family the best quality of life. His strength has always been the commercial sector, which is why, for 23 years, he has been selling fruit and groceries in a small stand located in the main park of the Santa Fe municipality of Antioquia, Colombia.

His best-selling product is tamarind fruit, by which he has become well-known in his area. Natives and foreigners visit his business to take home this exotic fruit. One of his biggest challenges is buying the fruit. Because it is a non-traditional product and its harvest is seasonal, the cost tends to rise, which causes a reduction in his profitability.

In spite of the difficulties caused by prices, Ángel states that thanks to his business he has been able to improve his life's conditions. Today he wishes to expand his business and make improvements to his business premises.

To meet his goals, he is requesting a loan to be invested in the purchase of tamarind fruit with the purpose of increasing his sales and generating a greater income which will allow him to go in search of the structure of his dreams.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jamie Schau

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