A loan of $1,075 helped to buy strawberries, tamarillos, apples and pears.

Rosa Jacqueline's story

Rosa is 30 years old and lives in Quevedo with her family. Her business is selling vegetables. She tells us that she set up her own business because she likes to be independent and make her own income. She became motivated when she was very young as she watched her sister develop her own business and saw how well she did. Rosa decided to follow in her sister's footsteps and learn. Now Rosa carries out her business together with her husband. They work shifts, starting work at 3.00am on 'delivery days' and at 6.00am on other days. Rosa explains that 'delivery days' are the days when produce arrives, every other day. This is when she makes most sales, owing to the increase in customers. Rosa is married to Victor and they have a good, stable relationship. They help each other work together towards their main goal which is to provide their children with a better life. They have three children: Cristhian and Anahi, who attend a state school, and Josue who they care for. Rosa will use her loan to buy strawberries, tamarillos, apples, pears and other fruit so that she can increase her sales. She tells us that her dream is to have two large businesses so that she and her family can make progress.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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