A loan of $400 helped to increase his stock of peanuts, beans, and salt.

Bertrand's story

Bertrand is a 43-year-old man, married, and the father of four children, from 6 to 14 years old. All of the children go to school. Bertrand has been a merchant at a market in the capital for six months. There, he sells dried staple foods (peanuts, beans, salt, …) With this small business, he is supporting his small family. His business is operating, but he has just one problem involving capital funds that prevents him from purchasing large amounts of goods to sell. He is compelled to purchase one or two sacks at a time, wait until they are sold, and then make his purchases again.

Thanks to this loan, Bertrand will be able to purchase more sacks of goods enabling him to satisfy his customers better and to increase his sales and thus his profits. He will reinvest part of his profits into his business by adding sacks of rice and peanuts. And he will save the rest for his children's education.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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