A loan of $400 helped to increase her stock of goods.

Jeanne Pulcherie's story

Pulcherie is a 48-year old woman, who is mother to eight children ranging from 12 to 25 years old. She is a trader and has for the past few months been selling on a retail basis various types of fresh food (tomatoes, onions, refined oil) depending on the season, in a local market. She knows her suppliers well and, more significantly, her customer base, which she has built up over time due to her experience in this field. However, she finds that she is constantly out of stock because she is obliged to totally run it down before getting new stock owing to her small amount of capital. She would like to increase her stock of goods by buying wholesale and thus be able to satisfy the constant customer demand and avoid running out of stock. She will save her profits not only to expand her business but also to provide for her family's needs.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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