A loan of $300 helped to buy a variety of fruits for sale.

Ramón's story

Ramón is the thirty-five-year-old father of a family. He lives with his two small children and his partner in the town of La Playa, very close to the sea. Since he was very young he has made a living selling fruit, motivated by his father and sister who make their living in the same way, selling not only fruits but also vegetables and tubers. He was their partner at first, but when he turned twenty he decided to sell lemons door-to-door with a little capital that he was given by his sister and a cousin. On seeing that this was going well, he rented a small stall in the public market where he also offered a variety of fruits such as papaya, blackberries, mango, ripe bananas, and naranjillos (little oranges), among other tropical fruits. He did well with this and acquired many clients, strengthening his business. However, since the year 2009 he has started to work in a private business in the business center, due to which he has had to move the business into his home.

Nowadays, he uses a wheelbarrow from which he sells produce around the neighborhood, where he is well known. He has different shifts at work each week and so his wife helps him when he can't go out to sell. He buys every three days in the public market but sometimes his clients request a greater variety of fruits, which for want of capital he can't provide. With the first loan from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo he intends to acquire them. With the fruit of his labor he wants to help his family get ahead and to have his own house very soon—he is already saving for it. Ramón feels very fortunate for all that he has achieved and the opportunities that life has given him.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kate Kremer

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