A loan of $400 helped to buy more ice cream, bananas, strawberries, sapotes and milk to make smoothies, and more fruit to make natural juices.


Melany De Jesús's story

Melany is 48 years old and studied up to the third grade. She could not continue studying due to the lack of schools with higher grades in the region, but what she learned in school helps her today in her job.

She is married and her partner works selling disposable products in buses around the region. Both of them are responsible for supporting their children and their income goes toward that sole objective. Melany has four children who are no longer small. The youngest is 13 years old. They are all studying. The oldest goes to university and the rest are in middle school and high school, which means they have considerable expenses.

She has a stand in the market, where she sells ice cream, smoothies and juices. Her stand is in a central location with a lot of pedestrian traffic. She has had this job for 7 years. After analyzing what was lacking in the market, she realized that there were no refreshing products for sale, which is why she decided to take a chance and innovate. This is her only occupation -- she previously helped an aunt selling clothes. The distance to her job is one kilometer. She works alone and her work schedule is 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

She is asking for this loan to buy more ice cream, bananas, strawberries, sapotes and milk to make smoothies, and more fruit to make natural juices. The loan will allow her dream to improve her sales and provide more variety to her clients come true.

She dreams of her sales always growing and of improving her income, with which she will be able to cover her needs and those of her family. Her profits will be invested in repaying her loan and expanding her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sergio Echeverri



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