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A loan of $425 helped increase her stock of tomato crates, hot peppers and onions.

Marie Therese's story

Marie is a 50-year-old woman and a mother. She is a merchant in one of the local markets, and for years has been retailing fresh produce (tomatoes, peppers, onions, ...), depending on the season.

She has a good knowledge of suppliers, and especially of her customers that she has acquired over time given her experience in this field. However she finds herself constantly out of stock because she is forced to sell all her stock before she can resupply, due to her limited working capital.

She would like to increase her stock of produce by buying wholesale, which will not only increase her sales but also her profits.

The profits will be partly reinvested to expand her business and the rest will enable her to support her family's needs.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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