A loan of $1,250 helped to buy coal for heating.

Elena's story

Elena has been engaged in growing vegetables on her own plot in Kamenka-Dneprovskaya for 15 years. She lives with her husband and son, who help her with this business. They grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and radishes.

In order to cope with seasonality of prices and competition that comes each year, she needs to invest a lot into business development. Elena first did one type of heating, and the following year did another kind of heating. This year, they installed a large boiler. Now, she needs a loan because they do not have enough money for coal.

Elena has plans to develop the business further. Recently, Elena and her husband bought a house in the neighborhood with a plot of land and will build a greenhouse there, increasing the momentum of the business and the financial capabilities of their family.

Note: in the photo are Elena and her husband.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer JD Bergeron

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