A loan of $1,200 helped working capital to purchase a greater variety of fruits.


Francisca's story

Francisca is a young woman, 25 years old, who lives with her partner, Mr. Sanchez Fuentes Julian and their 2 children, who are 1 and 6 years old. She and her husband have struggled greatly in order to get ahead, since both of them come from families with very scarce economic resources. Francisca's father died when she was 8 years old, and because there were 6 siblings, her mother alone could not take care of all of them. Francisca had to start working at the age of 12 with a family in the city of Santa Cruz. Over time, she managed to raise some capital and currently makes a living by selling fruit (apples, oranges, watermelon, and pineapple, among others). She purchases directly from producers to later sell them at retail prices. Francisca and her family live in a small rented house, in which they feel very uncomfortable, since it only has 2 rooms. This loan will be used to increase her working capital and thereby purchase a greater variety of fruit, which will increase her profits. Among her goals and dreams is to purchase a truck to transport the fruit, and in this way reduce the total cost of transportation. However, her most important goal is to have a larger house for her children.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mark Broscoe



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