A loan of $1,200 helped to buy 50 bundles of toilet paper, 25 quintals of paper towel, 5 dozen hand soaps, 5 dozen floor disinfectants, 5 mops, to pay a years worth of taxes to city hall and one load of firewood, etc.


José Santos's story

José is 42 years old. He is married and has a son. For 10 years he has worked offering his services in the city market, specifically in the bathrooms because they are rented to him by city hall. He just pays the city rent taxes, and for water, electricity and other fees.

He makes sure that the bathrooms are in perfect condition when it comes to cleanliness, order, and safety, among other things.

He buys cleaning supplies in supermarkets and stores that are close to his business, as well as from suppliers that sell wholesale. They sell to hi on credit for two weeks. He wants to have a fund that will allow him to buy these items from other suppliers because with the money on hand (in cash) they sell to him at a better price.

The loan he is asking Fundación Campo for is to buy 50 bundles of toilet paper, 25 quintals of paper towel, 5 dozen hand soaps, 5 dozen floor disinfectants, 5 mops, to pay for year's worth of taxes at city hall and for a load of firewood, etc.

Upon buying these items for cleaning and maintaing the public bathrooms, he will be able to provide a better service to the people who use these facilities. He will also be able to buy these items at better prices and thus have better profits by buying wholesale.

His plans for the future are to begin to build his house, since he is living with his parents in law and he wants to become independence. He also wants to open another small business to sell fruits and vegetables.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue



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