A loan of $325 helped to buy fruit and vegetables.

Emelda's story

Emelda, 40, is married and has six children; she lives with them in a house made of substantial materials that was built with much effort. Emelda’s source of income is selling regional products. She heads out to the city’s main port early in the morning to look for the best bananas, lemons, sweet granadilla and coconas, among others she feels sell well. She sells from her front porch where she sets up a table with everything she has available to offer her customers. She’s been doing this work for 8 months and is doing very well.

In the time she’s been working she’s learned many things because experience has taught her to be more careful with certain products and to be able to invest more in others. She hopes to continue working hard because her greatest wish is that her children complete their schooling; she also would like to open a store in the city where she can buy and sell at wholesale.

On this occasion, she’s asking for an 800-sol loan and is grateful to all those who make access to this financing possible because she will feel surer of making progress with her work. She will use the requested amount to buy fruit and vegetables like bananas, aguaje fruit and oranges as well as sacks of beans and corn.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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