A loan of $750 helped to buy a canoe.

Libardo's story

Libardo is a humble, modest, and very hard-working man. He lives with his wife and their little six year old son. It is for their son that they work untiringly so that he does not lack for anything.

For many years he has worked in mining. He takes the sand from the banks of the river Magdalena, and he sells it to different construction works in the municipality where he lives. This way he generates enough financial resources to bring home the daily sustenance.

With the intention of improving his income, he is requesting the help of a loan to strengthen his business. He will use the loan to buy a canoe with which he will be able to get in the river in order to extract a greater quantity of minerals. This way he will have greater availability in order to fill his customers’ orders. This way he will be improving the family income.

Libardo says that his biggest desire is to expand his business and to generate employment opportunities for the young people in the municipality. This way he will contribute to the population’s economy and improve his family’s quality of life as well as that of other people impacted by the work.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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