A loan of $1,575 helped to repair the vehicle he uses to sell his flowers.

José Antonio's story

José is a 51 year old farmer. Throughout his productive life he has farmed and raised livestock. But because of the difficulties that occur in these activities he decided to change his field to growing flowers.

Today he has 22,000 flowers plants and he has 6 employees, laborers and production workers, some of whom are members of his family. The flowers are harvested and sold to various international distributors. In this way he generates enough revenues to support his household, made up of his wife and two children. His perseverance, drive, strength and dedication have allowed him to overcome the various challenges that have occurred. In particular the fluctuations in the market price of the flowers and the high cost of agricultural supplies which he uses to protect his crops.

He has been able to manage these crisis and move forward, motivated by his family and his work. He has found the loan is one kind of support to assist him. José is requesting his fourth loan which he'll use to repair the vehicle he uses for transportation to sell the flowers. This will allow him to speed up delivery times for his product, increasing his sales and notably increasing his profits. Then he can continue to support his family and continue investing in the growth and strengthening of his business.

José dreams of taking advantage of the empty space he has on his farm and plant a greater number of bushes, having more regular clients and making his business more sustainable and profitable. Then he'll have the opportunity to offer his family a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer leonardo

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