A loan of $650 helped to buy onions, garlic, potatoes in sacks.

Yolanda Jessenia's story

Yolanda is thirty-one years old and lives in Quevado. Her business is the small-scale purchase and sale of vegetables. It is located in the city center, since this allows her to make more sales.

Yolanda tells us that she learned the business thanks to her father, who taught her and inculcated the value of responsibility and hard work. She tells us that she made her first sales by putting her products in cases and then covering the various sectors of the city on foot. She was often tired but she sold more this way because she could look for clients. When she was able to get together a little capital, she decided to become independent by renting a shop. She tends the business every day from 7:30 in the morning onward. At the moment, she tells us that she doesn't have any difficulty with thieves since there are police guards in the city center.

Yolanda has two daughters who attend the public school: Bella, 12, and Daniela, 7. With this loan, Yolanda hopes to buy vegetables (including onions, garlic, and potatoes in sacks) for small-scale distribution. She hopes to increase her sales in this way in order to support her daughters in their studies and in becoming professionals so that they won't have difficulties in future life. Her dream is to have a poultry farm, which she is already preparing for.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kate Kremer

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