Nylsa: Fruits and vegetables in Cali

Columbia Fruit and vegetable vendor

Nylsa runs a fruit and vegetable stand in the Alameda Geleria, one of the main markets in Cali, Colombia. She offers everything the region has to offer, pine apple, bananas, peppers, tomatoes, green beans, lulos etc. She has many loyal customers and enjoys the market’s busy atmosphere. Every day, she starts work at 4 am to prepare her stand for her first customers. She has two sons, aged 12 and 19. An initial loan she received 8 years ago, of 1 million pesos (approx. USD 550) helped her jump-start the stand. Her current loan amounts to 10 million pesos. Investing the loan in her business has allowed her to increase her sales and send her son to university. She plans to do the same for her second son and perhaps hire an employee to help her with the stand.