A loan of $375 helped buy enough fruit to sell.

Mercedes's story

Mercedes is 21 years old. She has a one year old daughter. Mercedes and her husband take care of her in their noble home. One year ago, in order to make progress and improve themselves as a family, Mercedes decided to sell fruit in the market from her tricycle. She puts out a variety of fruit. She tells us that she has many customers and they buy good quantities of fruit. She thinks that her business is successful because she knows fruit is delicious and nutritious. Also, she is very friendly and graceful with her customers. She is constantly thinking about growing the business and having a much larger business. Mercedes always wanted to progress and this is demonstrated by the business she has. She says that she buys fruit daily from a nearby market.

Currently her husband works as a van driver. His work allows him to join his earnings with those of his wife. With these earnings, they have the money needed for their small family. Thanks to the Kiva lenders, she can purchase more delicious fruits. Mercedes is a very happy woman and she is always smiling a lot. Her family gives her strength in order to always make progress and to pass on happiness to others.

Her dream is to be able to have a much larger business. With this economic help, she can finish her university degree in chemistry. She has studied two and a half years but could not continue because of a lack of time and money. What she most desires is to finish her degree and practice her profession.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lauren Jackson

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