A loan of $1,050 helped to purchase scrap metal, iron and office equipment (filing items).

Alejandro De Jesús's story

Thirty-three years ago, Alejandro was born into the bosom of a very modest rural family. They made their living as day laborers to support themselves. They taught Alejandro farm work as a young boy and when he grew, he harvested coffee with his parents. A while later, he learned the trade of "recycler" from an uncle, who got him into the work. When Alejandro had the chance to go out on his own, he opened a small store, where he works every day from 7:00am to 7:00pm. He collects items from different streets in the city and then re-sells them as recycled goods to generate the income he needs to support his family.
The loan that Alejandro is requesting is for investing in the purchase of scrap metal, iron and office equipment (filing items). This will allow him to capitalize on his business and later re-sell at a better price, which will give him a better profit.
Alejandro lives day to day motivated by his desire to get ahead and to see to his family's well-bring. His goal is to progress alongside his wife and be able to enjoy a better standard of living.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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