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Latino Daily News

Monday December 6, 2010

Brazil Street Food Vendors to Get Financing and Business Training

The Inter-American Development Bank approved a $10 million loan to help enhance credit program for low income microentrepreneurs in the food services sector in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The loan will boost the access of street vendors, small food shops and other small grocery suppliers known as Transformadores—because they transform raw foodstuff into ready-to-eat goods—to credit and business training.

The proceeds of the loan will finance amongst other things, acquisition of assets such as appliances, equipment, and carts. A training program will be implemented to help improve the business skills and raise the income of a sector that employs more than five million people.

Many microentrepreneurs must return to the store several times a day simply because their cash income is only sufficient to buy a few supplies at a time. Credit for working capital to buy supplies will help them save time and money. 

Access to financing for their working capital needs and minor capital expenses would allow the Transformadores to better manage their operations and cash flow, improve their productivity, and be able to increase their sales, which in turn will help them to better meet the daily needs of their households. 

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