A loan of $700 helped to buy more ice-cream for the dry season.

Juan Alberto's story

Juan studied up to 8th grade at high school and lives happily with his partner who is a housewife. They have three children who he has to support financially. At the moment, they are studying, but soon they will also start to contribute to the family income.

Juan has spent a lot of his life working. He used to work in a company selling and distributing ice-cream in a truck. However, one day he decided to go it alone and started selling ice-cream himself as he walked around the streets. As time went on, he realized that he had to be more mobile so he bought a motorcycle. This helped him to improve his profits as he continued to work from early in the morning until the evening.

The hottest part of the year is between January and April, which is when the demand for ice-cream goes up considerably. Therefore, Juan needs this loan to be ready to buy more products and satisfy the customer demand, which will improve his income.

Juan dreams of having a better home for his family. At the moment, they live in a hut which is protected from dust and water by a nylon sheet, giving them a little bit of privacy. He would like his family to live in more dignified conditions and to be happy.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Matthew Walker

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