A loan of $650 helped to buy a variety of fruits.

Maria's story

María is a 42-year-old woman who is married and lives in Sololá. She has three children. Her oldest child has already graduated and is currently helping her. The second child will graduate this year and her youngest child is in the second year toward earning a diploma.

With the help of her husband, María sells different types of fresh fruit that are grown throughout the region. Her products include bananas, pineapples, watermelons, melons, papayas, peaches, plums, oranges, and other fruits depending on the season. Prior to this business, her first job was selling potato chips at the market in her community. María says that she now sells fruit because she is able to generate more income to support her family.

She is requesting a loan of 5,000 GTQ in order to buy a large quantity of fruits so that she can expand her business and improve her family’s income. With the additional money she will earn in the future, she dreams of seeing her two youngest children finish their studies so that they can help her full-time. She also wants to sell fruit to the wholesalers in her community.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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