A loan of $775 helped to purchase more beaded items to increase his supply of merchandise.

Cristóbal's story

Cristóbal is single and 29-years old. He has two dependent children who go to school. He lives with his family in San Antonio Palopó, Sololá. Cristóbal makes his living buying and selling costume jewelry (beaded items). He has been in this line of work for 9 years. He learned it from his parents and other family members.
Cristóbal sells his merchandise in the town of San Lucas Tolimán (to the south of Sololá). Through his work, Cristóbal earns enough to provide his children with food, clothing, housing and schooling, which fills him with a great deal of satisfaction.
In addition to buying and selling beaded jewelry, Cristóbal uses his days off to work as a day laborer in the community he lives in. This provides another source of income to supplement his family's finances.
Cristóbal is requesting a loan of Q 6,000.00 (USD $775) to purchase additional beaded items to increase his supply of merchandise.
He hopes to provide his children with an education and, in general, to improve their standard of living.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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