A loan of $1,500 helped to buy fruit.

Alicia's story

Alicia, age 27, lives in tropical Cochabamba in Entre Ríos. She is a single mother, and she currently sells seasonal fruit. She came to the tropics from another community where there was too much poverty. She came looking for a greater opportunity to work and a better standard of living for herself and her young daughter. In the past seasons her community was affected by the rivers flooding, and it affected her crops. She barely managed to survive.

She says that when she came she brought a few clothes. In the first few years after she came she helped carry seasonal fruit and take it to the city of Santa Cruz to sell. She still was not able to find secure work.

Little by little she was learning the business of selling fruit in order to later enter this field. She works very hard to get her child ahead and so that her child will lack nothing in the future.

As time passed she was saving little by little. She bought an urban lot, and she made a small room where she currently lives.

She is now requesting a loan for working capital. She will use the loan to buy more fruit in order to continue growing. This way she will overcome this very poor situation in which she lives. Later she wants to improve her house. To do so she needs to increase her income. With the loan she will be able to increase her income.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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