A loan of $1,525 helped to purchase seed, flower pots, and palms, as well as to make improvements.

Ricardo Elias's story

Ricardo has an uncommon business that yields good results. He has a nursery in his house where he himself tends to his plants. He began his business a while ago with a small garden. He has always enjoyed plants, and when his relatives helped him, he started his business. He sells his plants at both wholesale and retail prices. What he enjoys most is caring for the plants. As a result, it does not feel like work for him as much as a hobby. His is a family business since every member of his family is involved. This is beneficial since everything is cared for better. One of his greatest fears is that his plants will succumb to blight and die, which would cause him to lose the capital he has invested. He will invest the loan he is requesting by purchasing seeds, flower pots, and palms, as well as by making the improvements he wants to make to his nursery to make it more productive. His dream is to be able to expand his business, open another site in the future, and be able to generate greater sources of income.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tim O'Reilly

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