A loan of $500 helped to buy lamps, toothbrushes, batteries, shoe polish, etc.

Alvaro Alonso's story

Álvaro is 29 years old and works selling different articles such as lamps, toothbrushes, batteries, shoe polish, etc. As can be seen in the photo, he is a walking street vendor who sells at different markets close to where he lives. He has many customers due to his variety of highly saleable products. With the profits he makes he is able to pay for some of the household expenses. He lives in the house he owns together with his wife and their two children.

Álvaro is applying for a loan so that he will be able to buy more of the previously mentioned merchandise in bulk, since he faces a high demand. In this way he can increase his profits and give his family a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Isabel Valencia

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