A loan of $1,575 helped buy wholesale merchandise (shoes, jeans, blouses and women's sweatshirts).

Mario Alberto's story

At 43 years of age, Mario is single and doesn't have any children. He was a victim of displacement from the violence in his native town and arrived to the city in 1992, looking for new opportunities to get ahead. He started as an itinerant vendor selling clothing, thanks to the support and advice of some people he knew. He was able to save money and set up a business in a small stand located in the center of the city in which he lives. He currently offers all kinds of shoes and clothing for men and women. By taking advantage of the benefits of managing his own time and being located in a well-transited area, he's achieved the ability to make a living. Mario is a vigorous, active, enterprising man who has fought tirelessly to achieve his dream of having his own business, well-stocked with a variety of inventory, in a well-known, accredited, commercial location. This is what motivated him to request a loan, which he will invest in wholesale merchandise (shoes, jeans, blouses and women's sweatshirts), with the objective of continuing his business and offering a variety of articles to satisfy the needs and tastes of his clientele, of which will be seen reflected in the increase in sales, and thus, his income. He is motivated to keep fighting, improve his quality of life and achieve his goals.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Beatriz Yuste

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