A loan of $600 helped purchase of boxes of meat, chops, chicken breast, chicken wings etc...

Richard's story

Papa Richard, as his friends like to call him, has been a businessman for ten years. He sells fresh and frozen products at the Plateaux de 15 ans market where he has a shack.

The previous loan he received allowed him to buy products such as: garlic sausages, summer sausages, cans of peas, mixed vegetables, natural fruit juices, pots of mayonnaise, refined oils for cold dishes, and vinegar. All these products were often requested by his customers, who came to stock up in his butcher's/fish shack.

He has had training and now understands certain aspects of business such as stock management, keeping a cash register and feasibility studies; he has also learned how to save.

His daily turnover has gone from 100,000 francs to 200,000 francs. With the next loan he is going to buy more boxes of: chicken legs, chickens to boil, hind and front quarters of meat, oxtail, pigtails, beef tripe, beef tongue and various types of fish.

He is expecting to make more profit in order to be able to open a sales point in another market. His living conditions have changed since he has not rented for two months and now lives in his own home. His children are at school in good conditions.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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