A loan of $4,225 helped a member to purchase disposable cups, peanuts, sugar, beans, watermelon, pineapple, melon, banana, papaya, and vegetables.

Mercado 16 De Febrero Group's story

The name of this solidarity group is Mercado 16 de Febrero, which comprises Fidelina, who will use her loan to purchase wholesale whole chickens and vegetables; Marina, who will purchase natural products by the package; Olga, who will purchase wholesale fruits and vegetables (banana, watemelon, melon, pineapple, papaya, onion, potato); and Carmen, who will perform maintenance on loudspeakers, lights, and amplifiers.
Olga is 40 years old and married. She has three children: her son is an engineer, one of her two daughters is in elementary school, and the other goes to university. She sells fruit and vegetables in the market, and fruit drinks, fruit, beans, and peanuts at an elementary school. She requested her loan in order to purchase disposable cups, peanuts, beans, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (mango, pineapple, watermelon, jicama).
She started her business 20 years ago. She worked with a lady selling vegetables in the market and was happy with the sales. Her business is important because it has provided her with many things: enough income for food, clothing, and leasure. She likes selling at the school with the children, and her business is known for its top-quality fruit, which is fresh and tasty.
Her hopes and dreams are that her business will keep growing, and that her daughters will finish school. She wants Kiva and Fundación Realidad to know that “We are grateful for the trust they deposit in us. Thanks to their loans we are able to grow, expand our businesses, and our families are better off. We hope not to dissappoint them and that they continue favoring us with their loans."

In this group: Fidelina , Marina , Olga , Carmen

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis

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