A loan of $625 helped buy vegetables wholesale.


Joan's story

Joan is a 39-year-old married mother of eight. Her children's ages vary between 3 and 26 years, and five of them are in school. She is a merchant and for the past 17 years has sold seasonal produce (vegetables), both retail and wholesale, in a local market. She has a good knowledge of her suppliers and especially of the customers she has acquired over time given her experience in this field. Still, she finds herself constantly out of stock because she has to sell her whole stock in order to buy more supplies, due to her limited capital. She wants to buy vegetables in bulk to have enough stock to better meet the constant demand of her customers, to avoid stock shortages, and to increase her profits. She will use her profits not only to expand her business, but also to provide for her family.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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