TWO friends have launched a mobile business selling fruit sorbets after being inspired during a Brazilian holiday.

Jadwiga Cwynar and Lucas Dalleprane set up Acaiteria from their home in central Bournemouth with the help of government-backed loans.

The pair, who live in a shared flat off Richmond Park Road, Queens Park, got the idea for the business after visiting Brazil and seeing the popularity of the acai berry there.

Their business, Acaiteria, will have a mobile van selling acai berry sorbets at festivals and events, and a website selling products such as pulp and combined fruit and cereal packs.

The pair are to visit a Brazilian festival in London later this year and are looking for other suitable events.

The business has borrowed £7,500 from the South West Microcredit Fund, part financed by Competitiveness European Regional Development Fund, and a £6,500 government-backed Start Up loan from SWIG finance.

The money has gone towards the van, logo design, banding and marketing, and the pair have received support from Outset Bournemouth.

The loan takes the total loaned to south west businesses under the Microcredit Fund to more than £1m since its launch in July 2010, with more than 170 businesses supported.

Acai is a multi-stemmed plant which grows mainly on the flood plains of the Amazon estuary in Brazil.

Mr Dalleprane, aged 27, is from the town of Guarapari, around 250 miles north-east of Rio de Janeiro. Ms Cwynar, 28 and originally from Poland, studied marketing in South Wales before moving to Bournemouth She said: “Acai is really popular in Brazil and in the US as well.

We’d love to replicate the success that some of the main brands over there have had.

“In Brazil it is eaten in certain ways but our aim is to serve it really healthily, sometimes combined with other organic foods and antioxidants, so that our customers get maximum benefits from this amazing superfood.

“We are sourcing best quality berries from a very reputable supplier who ensures that the crops are cooperated in the right way.

“It helps with energy levels, mental functions, skin, heart, anti-aging and weight loss.

“This is the best stuff you can buy and we’re delighted to be bringing it to the UK.”