A loan of $500 helped buy a variety of vegetables.

Casilda's story

Casilda has 4 children, her husband is a small farmer, their 3 daughters work to support themselves as what their mother makes is not enough. In addition their daughters continue studying. She lives at Kilometer 21 (El Palmer), in a wood house with two rooms. She has been selling vegetables in the 1st of April market for 4 years. Prior to that she sold American-style clothing but she assures us that vegetables are better and she can feed her family with this business. The client has various colleagues who offer the same products, her colleagues have larger stands and the success of her business is her persistence and responsibility as she has a steady clientele. The client will invest in her vegetable business, buying large potatoes (560 BS), small potatoes (200 BS), onion (140 BS) a case of tomatoes (60 BS) and other items (78 BS). The client will invest in these items as there isn’t any more room for vegetables and she rotates her merchandise after a certain period of time. In addition part of the loan will be used to buy insecticide as she has planted some rice. This is her fourth loan and all her loans have been repaid promptly.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cindy Kendall

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