A loan of $300 helped buy groceries for her store.

Rosana Ruvelinda's story

Rosana Ruvelinda G. S.

I have three minor children. When I was ten, I sold fruit with my mother from a stand that she bought. In time, she gave me her business so that I could generate my own income. That is how I only had to bring the merchandise from the fruit market (avocado, apple, passion fruit, eggfruit, and bananas) and sometimes fruits from our farm. I also worked cleaning houses. I had to stop selling in my business because I needed to take care of my last baby.

After four months I decided to set up a space in my house to sell groceries. I used the money that I had saved to do so. Initially my merchandise was ¼ dozen detergents, ½ dozen oils, 2 dozen milk, ½ dozen tuna, 1 dozen soft drinks, ¼ dozen salt, and a sack of sugar. My husband did not like the idea because he wanted a larger business with greater income. Now he is the one who drives me to get ahead. I know that with my effort I will make my store grow. The earnings that I get I use to better set up my store.

I need the loan to buy fruit, diapers, toilet paper, rice, sugar, and milk. In the future, this will support my children’s education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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