A loan of $1,675 helped to buy grapes.

Jaime's story

Jaime, 43, is a street vendor who makes a living selling natural fruits such as strawberries, kiwi, apples, and grapes. He started this business after having a store where he sold meals and provisions in small quantities, but it didn't live up to his expectations of profitability.

Little by little he saved and rented a little cart. He bought fruit and began to sell it throughout the streets near his neighborhood. He also added the famous tutti frutti, a fruit salad prepared with soda and chopped fruit sweetened with honey and served on ice, becoming a delicious drink that pacifies the immense heat of the warm Caribbean sun and climate.

These days he goes out with his own fruit cart and visits all the streets of the neighborhood and other places near his home. He has a customer base of 150 buyers.

Currently he's applying for a Kiva loan, his second loan from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, to continue growing in his business. With the previous loan he increased his working capital. With the Kiva loan he's applying for now, he hopes to respond to the Christmas and New Year season with seasonal fruits such as grapes, which are part of the toast of every family.

The tradition is for all the members of the family to eat 12 grapes at the end of the night on December 31 and request for themselves 12 desires for prosperity. This is precisely what makes his Kiva loan effective.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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