A loan of $525 helped to buy stock at wholesale (pastries, cakes, coffee, soda pop, and other items).

Francisco Javier's story

Francisco, a farmer from Antioquia, left his birthplace as one more victim of forced displacement due to the violence that was present. He moved with his wife and 6 children to the city. There, without having any experience of any other work, he began selling fruit and coffee as a street vendor on the streets of the city's center, and in this way he was able to help his family get ahead with great effort and dedication. His drive, strength, and tenacity strengthened him day after day and permitted him to have a new opportunity to survive and fight for his family's well-being. He seeks a loan to invest in stocking his items (pastries, cake, coffee, soda pop, and other items), and in this way meet the growing demand of the end of year season, which is when his sales increase. This will permit him to have greater income and be able to continue providing for his family's basic needs. Francisco dreams of having the opportunity to acquire a locale to sell his products and avoid the pitfalls present during the rainy season, which affects his sales. In this way he could increase his profits and have a better quality of life to enjoy with his family at his side and have a tranquil old age.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cindy Kendall

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