A loan of $300 helped to buy a greater quantity of cashew nuts.

José De La Paz's story

The photograph shows José together with his wife María.

José is 57 years old. He has a common-law wife, and he has one son, but he does not live with him. For about 8 years, he has worked as a merchant. At first, they worked at another house where they lived, but sales were declining and it was not profitable. Therefore they decided to sell the property where they were living, and they went to another place with more traffic. Due to this, they set up the business once again, which consists of selling fried plantains and cashew nuts.

They travel three times a week to the city's market, which is 20 kilometers from their home, to buy plantains, cashews, oil and plastic bags to store the nuts and the plantains. Regarding the nuts, they buy them in large quantities and store them, since they are a seasonal product and they have to store quite a lot in order to satisfy the demand throughout the year.

The loan that he is requesting from the Campo Foundation is to buy a greater quantity of cashews. Since José's wife has been sick, they found themselves without cash to buy the nuts, although it is the production season for this crop. Thus, they need the money in order to buy a lot. José sells the nuts inside the local buses, and his wife sells at the bus stops.

His desire is to pay off all his debts, since he obtained a loan to build the house in which they currently live, and to have a quieter life, since he is a former military man.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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