With the help of her husband, María sells different types of fresh fruit that are grown throughout the region. Her products include bananas, pineapples, watermelons, melons, papayas, peaches, plums, oranges, and other fruits depending on the season. Prior to this business, her first job was selling potato chips at the market in her community. María says that she now sells fruit because she is able to generate more income to support her family.
She is requesting a loan of 5,000 GTQ in order to buy a large quantity of fruits so that she can expand her business and improve her family’s income. With the additional money she will earn in the future, she dreams of seeing her two youngest children finish their studies so that they can help her full-time. She also wants to sell fruit to the wholesalers in her community.
About ADICLAADICLA (Association for the Holistic Development of the Basin of Lake Atitlán) is nonprofit rural community development association that provides small loans and services to improve quality of life in two of the poorest regions of Guatemala, home to large indigenous populations. Kiva funding will be used to support three innovative credit initiatives: youth business loans, green loans, and smaller loans to help ADICLA move down-market and serve poorer clients.
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