A loan of $1,600 helped to buy a cooler and supplies.

Absalón's story

Absalón worked for a variety of companies in the city for several decades, which allowed him to earn his pension. With the money he decided to start his own business, a grocery store in the house where he lives. He took advantage of the fact that the area was very new and there was no competition. Thanks to the residents, he began to get very good results.

Absalón works every day of the week from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., selling all types of staple products. In the 12 years he has been running the store, he has earned income to support his household necessities.

Currently he's requesting the support of a loan to buy a cooler as well as provisions wholesale (dairy products, meat products, snack food, cookies, soda, bread, and other products). This will allow him to replace his cooler, which is in bad shape, so he can better preserve the food and offer his customers products of excellent quality. He'll also have a wide variety of staple items that families need. This will result in an increase in his sales and his income because he continues to have steady customers despite the fact that competition has arrived in the area.

Absalón wants only to continue working as long as his body and God allow him to. He says he wants to leave a good inheritance for his family, and his current goal is to enjoy old age peacefully alongside his wife and his two children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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