A loan of $800 helped to buy fruit.

Elizabeth's story

Elizabeth, 27, is the mother of little Valery, 7. She’s single and is described as a very hardworking woman. She lives in a rented house made out of substantial materials. Seven years ago she decided to go into the fruit selling business which has become a good source of family income. At the beginning, she started out selling informally in various spots around her community and in time succeeded in being admitted to the local wholesale foodstuffs market where she’s been able to consolidate her business to date. She receives weekly deliveries of crates of fruit she orders from the capital and she gradually displays them in her stand; apples and grapes are the products in highest demand.

In order to obtain back-up capital to continue working fluidly, she’s thinking about expanding her stock with some other varieties like eggplant and other grape varieties her customers are requesting. Her future plan is aimed at opening a larger business. She needs 2,000 new soles for her next orders which will be for eggplant, grape varieties and Delicious apples.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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