A loan of $725 helped to buy more crates of fruit to stock her business.

Flora's story

Flora, 65, is a very noble, generous woman. She has four children; her oldest son lives abroad with his father. She lives with her other three, already independent, children in her own house.

Since she was very young she’s been working in informal fruit sales seeking wellbeing for her children since her husband’s salary is insufficient. She was very well known in her stand but sometimes she suffered when the municipal police would evict her for being an informal seller causing her to lose sales. Because of this, she gradually found a way to become associated with a fruit market and since then she’s been working more securely for the last 15 years and the profits made it possible for her to educate her children who are now professionals.

Her business now is much more dynamic because suppliers come to her stand and leave 300-400 cases of oranges or mandarins according to the season. Because of this Flora works with help from her niece to speed up sales. For her, the business is therapeutic because she feels happy and occupied taking care of customers and thinks that later on she’ll continue expanding it.

This is her 2nd loan with MFP and she promises to pay her installments punctually because she does not want to disappoint them because this contribution will allow her to continue working seeking progress.

Flora stocks up of fruit every two days so will use the requested loan to increase the number of crates of fruit to stock up on merchandise and meet the demand she has.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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