A loan of $325 helped buy a truckload of bananas and plantains.

Pascaline's story

Pascaline is a 49-year-old woman who is the widowed mother of a 26-year-old child still attending school. She is a merchant and for the past 20 years has been retailing fresh seasonal produce (bananas and plantains) in one of the local markets.

She has a good knowledge of suppliers, and especially of her customers that she has acquired over time, given her experience in this field.

However, she finds herself constantly out of stock because she is forced to sell all of her stock before she can resupply, due to her limited working capital.

She would like to buy a truckload of plantain bunches to have a good stock supply, that will enable her to better meet the constant demand of her customers and avoid being out of stock.

She intends to save her profits, not only to expand her activity but also to provide for her family.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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