A loan of $1,350 helped purchase stock for his general store at wholesale.

Jhon Alejandro's story

Jhon is a young entrepreneur who, at just 18 years of age, is already the father of a 6-month-old son. About ten months ago, an opportunity presented itself to him to buy a small grocery store located in the neighborhood where he lives. He took advantage of this, as he was already on track in the area, and he works there Monday through Sunday from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm, but on weekends, he stays open until 2:00 am selling beers and liquor.

He takes advantage of a number of repeat customers who are in the habit of buying food from him day after day, which helps his sales. He also relies upon the support of his girlfriend, who also has the knowledge and skills to run this type of business. This business owner is characterized by a strong drive to succeed and a positive attitude, which drive him to seek out new ways to get ahead.

To do this, he is requesting a loan which he will use to stock his store at wholesale, buying goods like dairy and meat products, pasta and grains, beer, liquor, and other sundries. This will help him continue with his work and offer a wider variety of products to meet his customers needs and tastes, which will be reflected back in the form of increased sales and profits. Jhon wishes to keep working with drive and dedication so that in the near future, he can achieve his dream of finishing his studies at university and thus give his son a better life. He also wants to make his small business a profitable venture and sustainable in the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund

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