A loan of $325 helped to buy fruit.

Bella's story

Bella, 43, is an enterprising, very hardworking woman. Her spouse is Javier and they have nine children. Her house is hers and three of her children live there with them. They all strive together to have a dignified life that’s aimed at success.

She sells regional fruit. She’s set aside space at home for her business. She’s been in operation three months there selling the freshest, healthiest and juiciest fruit in the city. She gets all the fruit she puts on sale from her own fields or sometimes buys it at wholesale in the city market.

She used to work for many years selling sacks of fruit from her fields in the city market but she realized that it was more profitable to sell them by the unit which is why she decided to change the rhythm of her work and opted for this new system.

She can always count on help from her spouse who takes care of doing the heavy lifting and to fix up the space where they do their selling. Now, she has the option of selling bananas by the bunch sure that greater profits can be had.

Her work has led to satisfactions in her family life because she’s been able to provide some creature comforts that she’s always wanted. Her income is very good and she’d like at some point to open a well-stocked fruit store where she can offer a better quality service and fruit from throughout the country.

This is her first MFP loan. She expects to be able to meet all requirements and to be a good member who is responsible and punctual. She’s very grateful for the opportunity she’s being given to increase her working capital.

The amount she’s requesting (800 soles) will be used to buy fruit daily either in sacks or cases as well as some bunches of bananas to gradually increase her profits. Each bunch of bananas can cost up to 15 soles and the sack of oranges or other fruit can cost up to 50 soles. Every day her investment varies around 100 soles depending on size, quantity and type of fruit she buys to sell.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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