A loan of $1,775 helped to buy vegetables, tropical fruit and beauty products.

Luzmila Isabel's story

Luzmila has two income-generating businesses: selling fruit and vegetables, and selling merchandise. Both businesses support her household which is made up of her husband and her two children (5 and 11). Luzmila arrived in the city of Barranquilla from her home town of Cereté, in Córdoba department, 12 years ago. It was at this point that she started gaining experience in selling fruit and vegetables, alongside her husband. Three years ago, she started selling tomatoes, onions, garlic and scallions, and fruit such as apples, oranges, mangos, papaya, melons, watermelons, lemons and every delicious, juicy fruit that grows on Colombian soil. Her main purchasers are the stores and restaurants near her business and also in other communities where she has gradually gained new customers. Luzmila and her husband work from Monday to Saturday, from 6.00am to 4.00pm. Her current goal is to expand her stock but she doesn't have enough capital to do so. This is why she is requesting a Kiva loan (her first loan from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo) to buy greater quantities of tomatoes, onions and seasonal fruit. She will also respond to customer orders for beauty products which is how she complements her income. She has a good customer base for these products. Luzmila's goal is to improve her well-being by working. She hopes to provide her children with a good-quality education so that they can get ahead in life and be successful.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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