A loan of $1,000 helped to open a shop at the market.


Letticia's story

Leticia has managed to enlarge the size of her vegetable garden from one eighth of an acre to a quarter of an acre since she received her Kiva loan. As a result, her sales have also increased. Leticia sells produce from her thriving tomato and bean garden mostly to nearby schools and church gatherings. She has also started a poultry business and keeps a hundred chickens.

These businesses have enabled her to make enough profits to pay school fees for her son and seven nieces. Since Leticia’s father passed away, she has been the family’s primary breadwinner. Leticia continues to care for her widowed aging mother and her late sisters’ seven children. Her mother testified that the family is now eating well since Leticia’s garden and poultry business is bringing in enough money for her to support all of them. She has even bought seven goats which she intends to breed and sell for meat. She did however have a small portion of her vegetables destroyed by parasites and has challenges with customers who buy items on credit and fail to pay their credit back on time. Leticia aspires to open a shop at the main market and also sell groceries in addition to the vegetables and chickens she currently sells.



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