A loan of $450 helped to buy vegetables.

Ferney De Jesús's story

Ferney, 33, worked for 17 years in vegetable and grain stores and mini-markets. The experience gained allowed him to establish his own business which he opened to the public one year ago. Due to a public safety situation he had to close his store and set up in the city of Medellín, which cost him a considerable monetary loss. But he was sure his family's welfare was worth more than the money, so he decided to emigrate.

For some months now he has been establishing his credit and introducing himself to neighbors. He gets up every morning at 4:00 a.m. to buy vegetables which he starts selling at 7:00 a.m. He closes business at 7:00 p.m.

He is requesting a loan to buy more goods to meet customer demand and establish loyalty. He hopes to improve his economy and give his three minor children a good education.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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