A loan of $650 helped to purchase merchandise to stock his business, including liquors, coffee, soft drinks, etc., and to make improvements to his business and repaint the walls.

Raúl Alberto's story

Raúl is 56 years old and is a single dad to his 23-year-old son. When he lived in the Amazon region for 25 years, Raúl made a living operating various stores and billiard halls. Presently, he runs a café and bar where he sells a variety of products, including: soft drinks, liquors, hot drinks, snacks, etc. He started the café-bar a year and a half ago and business is going well, thanks to Raúl's hard work and the prime location of the store in a popular, well-traveled area. This business is Raúl's source of income for supporting his son and covering his costs of living.

With the support from this loan, Raúl plans to purchase merchandise in bulk to stock his café-bar, including liquors, coffee, soft drinks, snacks, etc. He also plans to make some improvements to the café, including repainting the walls and other areas. He hopes that this investment will give the business a fresh look and will increase the variety of products he sells so he can attract more customers. In turn, he hopes these changes will also lead to increased sales and income, allowing him to improve his quality of life and better provide for his son. Raúl is well aware that he needs to continue working hard in order to fulfill his goals of growing and strengthening his business and increasing its notoriety in the region.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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