A loan of $1,475 helped to buy seasonal fruits to resell.

Alphonce's story

Alphonce is 70 years old and has been active in commerce for more than 37 years. He is married to three women and is a father of 15 children, of whom the eldest is 35 years old. Alphonce stopped school in 1974 to start his business selling seasonal fruits (mango, passion fruit, watermelons, oranges, etc.). He first worked for someone else in the fields. Then in the third year, he started buying mangos to resell. Over the years, he developed his business and diversified his products.

Each morning Alphonce wakes up at 6 a.m. to start his day, and he returns home at around 7 or 8 p.m. He works with those who own and farm their own fields and buys his products directly from them.

Alphonce has a stall in the market and resells his products to small-scale merchants who work in resale. During the years, he has been able to take care of his family thanks to the earnings from this work. He manages the daily expenses, but sometimes he [also] receives support from his grand children who are getting by.

Alphonce wishes to have more consistent funds so that he can buy the quantities he needs and become self-sufficient.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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