A loan of $1,150 helped to buy fruit wholesale.

John Jairo's story

John is 43 years old. He is the father of two children and lives in free union with his partner. Eighteen years ago he moved from the town where he was born and settled in the city, with the goal of seeking new horizons and new opportunities to progress. There he began to work in a business, but after four years, he saw that the salary he earned was not sufficient to pay for the necessities of his household. For that reason, he began to sell fruit from a cart on Sundays. Little by little, he acquired customers, and it began to go better for him, and so he decided to resign from the business and sell fruit full time. Further on, he acquired a fixed location where he could locate his cart, and he has been there for 14 years, working every day from very early in the morning and during the day. He has the help of his older son.

The borrower is a hard-working and vigorous man. He focuses on reaching his goals, and for this reason he was encouraged to apply for the loan, with the goal of investing in the wholesale purchase of fruits to take advantage of the discounts he obtains and thus capitalize his business, which will be reflected in an increase in the earnings margin for his sales. This will allow John to accomplish his dream of offering his children an excellent university education, so that they can have a successful future and become good men. Furthermore, he wants to set up a fruit and vegetable business at a place located in a large residential neighborhood. Thus he will have the potential to offer his family a stable, favorable economy and a better quality of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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