A loan of $500 helped to purchase wholesale local fruits.

Alberto De Jesús's story

Alberto is a humble, charismatic, and hardworking micro-entrepreneur. He is 62 years old and continues to work to ensure the welfare of his family which consists of his wife and 4 children whom he has raised with great effort and dedication.

He began working as a cargo transporter in the marketplace 19 years ago. He learned everything related to business management of selling fruits and vegetables while in the marketplace. This experience prompted him to become an entrepreneur. He was presented with the opportunity to purchase a load of local South American fruits. He then distributed these products in a small space that he rented. He gradually became known in the industry and achieved a higher income to bring home.

With the support of this loan, he will buy a wholesale assortment of local fruit. This order will allow him to have sufficient product to meet current demand, earning better profits.

Alberto says that his age does not stop him from dreaming and working hard to fulfill his dreams, especially to grow his business and expand its coverage to other municipalities. Expansion would allow him to have a better quality of life with his family and to enjoy a peaceful old age without economic worry.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Megan Hinrichsen

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