A loan of $1,375 helped onions, peppers, potatoes, sweet corn, and all types of fruit.

Maria Cecilia's story

Maria lives in Quevedo, a city known for its fruits and vegetables. She began her business with very little merchandise and later, with what she had gained by working, she bought more. That is how her business grew, bit by bit.

She is the mother of three children who are studying, so she is the sole worker in her business. Recently, she has been able to locate herself in the front part of her house, where she has a bulletin board and places the fruit in boxes where she sells them and thus she is able to maintain them without ruining any.

She decided upon this type of business because of the rapid sales, since fruits and vegetables have a short time in which they are good and they go bad very quickly. Also this business doesn't give the option of credit. At her place of business, she sells onions, peppers, potatoes, sweet corm, all different fruits in season, and she works from 7 in the morning until 8 at night, though her day begins at 5am because she has to go out and buy her products first.

She is asking for this loan in order to invest in her business and to buy the fruits and vegetables that are being offered. In the future, she hopes to supply a better location that would allow her more time off and where she would be able to offer better service.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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