A loan of $225 helped to buy cases of tomatoes and bags of peppers.

Agnes's story

Agnès, age 38, is a married mother of eigth children aged 2 to 25, five of whom attend school. She is a merchant who has been selling seasonal produce (tomatoes and peppers) at retail and wholesale at a local market for the past 17 years. She knows her suppliers well, and she has a keen understanding of her customer base, which her experience has helped her to build over time.

However, her limited capital forces her to sell all of her merchandise before she can replenish her stock, which results in frequent shortages.

She plans to buy cases of tomatoes and bags of peppers to have the stock necessary to better meet customer demand, to prevent shortages, and to bolster her sales. She will save her profits to expand her business and to take care of her family.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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