A loan of $2,450 helped to buy several heads of cattle and to pay off an outstanding debt.

Gilberto De Jesús's story

Gilberto is a country dweller who is 40 years old, married, and the father of four children. He has been able to get ahead because of effort, dedication, and sacrifice. Gilberto learned how to work on a farm thanks to the lessons provided by his parents. He did not have the financial resources to begin growing his own crops, so he has been managing a grocery store owned by his brother. With the aim of improving his income so that he can pay the expenses of his large family, Gilberto decided that he would also start a business of raising cattle. For this reason, he is requesting a loan so that he can buy several heads of cattle from a rancher who lives near his house. He will also use part of the money to pay off an outstanding debt. As a result, Gilberto will be able to start this new venture and hire his oldest son, who will be charged with looking after the animals. He intends to generate enough income to pay for the education and sustenance for his children.

Gilberto says his greatest wish is to grow this business and make it profitable. This would provide financial stability and enable him to provide better living conditions for his family. He also wants his children to have a quality education so that they can forge a prosperous future for themselves.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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