A loan of $350 helped to buy green and ripe bananas in greater volume.

Carlos Santander's story

Carlos is a banana merchant who distributes from store to store around his town, Soledad, where he lives with his spouse and his six children who are aged between 1 and 16 years old. His business generates the income with which he meets the needs of his home, and he began it on his own initiative because he saw that this work produced good profitability. He sells green and ripe bananas by credit and cash in the supply centers.

His goal for the future is to have a large storage room in order to have inventory on hand with which he can respond to his customers appropriately and ensure that this increases. He is now applying for a Kiva loan, his first financing from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which he will buy green and ripe bananas in larger volume in order to respond to the growing demand. He considers this to be a success because it makes more capital available which allows him to provide more credits to his best customers and maximize his sales.

Translator profile picture

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Sawyer

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details