A loan of $1,300 helped to purchase gallon-water bottles for resale.

Ramón Lizardo's story

In San Pedro neighborhood, city of Manta, known for its beautiful beaches that are very popular in all seasons, visited by local and foreign tourists, and for being one of the most important ports in the country and in America, located in the Pacific shores, the 'Creciendo Juntas' or 'Growing Together' community group gathers every 15 days.
64-year-old Ramon lives here. He's married and had 6 children with his wife, but one of them passed away. All other children are of age. They have custody of three of their grandchildren, ages 16, 14 y 10, from their daughter who passed. The older children go to high school and the youngest is still in grade school. His wife is a home maker.
Ramon is a hard worker and does everything he can to provide for his family. He used to be a factory worker, but due to his age, he was unable to continue working there. So, with the little money he had and with the help of these loans, he has been able to open a small shop out of his home, selling gallon-water bottles. He also makes deliveries using a small cart her owns, so he can make some extra money every day to support his family. He's been working on this activity for the last 3 years.
He will use this loan to purchase more gallon-water bottles for resale. He's been a member of this community group of three years because he likes to use these loans to grow his business. His dream to be able to get ahead and continue working.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jimena Lopez

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