A loan of $575 helped to buy carrots, scallions, potatoes, beans, and grapes.

Eduardo Luis's story

Eduardo lives with his wife and his six year old son to the southwest of the city. With his business of selling fruits and vegetables he has managed to support his household. Now, he wants to make it grow by infusing it with work capital.

During the times of greater commercial movement, like the end of the year, he does not have enough working capital. This means he cannot meet his customers’ needs, which grow more every day.

His goal is to manage to have his own house. That is why he makes an effort all of the time in order to increase the well-being of his household.

Eduardo went to school up until the eighth grade, high school. When he formed his family he almost immediately finished this grade. He developed this enterprising idea to support his household. His experience dates back to over 30 years ago when he helped his mother, who also sold vegetables in a place in the center of the city.

He makes his purchases and sales every day. He has a customer base that knows him and places orders with him. They recognize the quality of the fruits and vegetables that Eduardo sells.

He is currently requesting a Kiva loan, his first loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. He will use the loan to buy carrots, scallions, potatoes, beans, and grapes. These are the products that sell the most at the end of the year. The families use them as ingredients for the delicious Creole pastries that come with three meats and a lot of vegetables. Also, each member of the family has 12 grapes to await the New Year with their 12 traditional wishes.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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