A loan of $550 helped to buy thermoses and coffee.

Pedro José's story

Pedro, 51, lives in the municipality of Itagüí, Colombia. Due to his lack of education, he decided to work part-time to earn an income and satisfy his basic needs. For fifteen years, he has worked running around the city streets to sell coffee, cigarettes, and baked goods to pedestrians. With this business activity, he earns the income that is necessary for his food and personal expenses.

His greatest dream is to be able to improve his financial conditions and quality of life, because one of his greatest difficulties is the instability in his income due to factors such as rain that determine his daily salary. He is applying for a loan which he will invest in the purchase of thermoses and coffee to increase his production and earn a greater income.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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