A loan of $575 helped to buy raw materials such as linseeds, mullein, tree honey, plastic vases, pomades, aloe vera, and other products.


Juan Alberto's story

Juan Alberto is single and 44 years old. His four children are all independent. He is from a municipality in Chinandega, which is located in the western part of the country. This region is well-known for its production of sugarcane, its shops, and its rum, among others.

He makes a living by producing and selling natural medicines, such as linseed oil, mullein, tree honey, colon cleaners, English ivy, laurel, pomades, vitamins, and injections, among other products. His business is located in his home, and he also sells products as a traveling salesman.

With his previous loans, he has been increasing his utilities and his clientele. He has been in this business for eight years. He makes his purchases once per month, both abroad and in his country. He makes his purchases in cash and sells on credit or in cash. His has regular and occasional clients in various municipalities in the country. He leaves his merchandise with them and when he comes back, he collects payments and leaves clients with new merchandise. His clientele knows that his products are of good quality and friendly to their income.

He will use this loan to buy raw materials such as linseeds, mullein, tree honey, plastic vases, pomades, aloe vera, and other products. Juan is very grateful to the Kiva lenders for the help that they give people with limited financial resources, so that they can have a decent livelihood.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz



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