A loan of $475 helped to purchase a greater volume of fruit, to improve his fruit cart, and to purchase uniforms.

Alejandro Rafael's story

Alejandro, aged 30, lives with his wife and two daughters aged 5 and 8. They have a fruit stand, which he started when he began selling mangoes and plums in front of a school. His biggest market were the children who came out of the school at the end of the school day.

As he didn't have many customers during the kids' holidays, he decided to go sell on the street. This was how he proposed to the administrator of a business that he sell a variety of fruit in the transportation center that she managed. He noted to her that he would maintain a good stock which would meet the needs of the passengers. It was in this way that he started at this location, and today he has been here for six years.

As things continue to go much better for him, he feels satisfied. However, his plan for growth is greater than his working capital, which is the reason why he's come for a Kiva loan. This his first financing through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which he will purchase a greater volume of fruit so as to have a diverse stock at the fruit stand that his wife tends to at their home. He will also improve his fruit cart, and purchase uniforms to show his hygienic food handling together with an excellent business image. This is precisely what will justify the success of his investment.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack

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