A loan of $575 helped to buy basic materials and supplies for making food, as well as a tent for her location.

Mareth's story

Every day in the afternoon, Mareth leaves home with homemade snacks to sell. She sells to employees of various companies, schools, and other organizations who now know her. She is a mother, and the head of her family. Mareth has two children ages 20 and 21. She has always developed different business ideas in Cartagena. Mareth also sells varied merchandise; she has built a clientele does pre-sales in order to find out what they need. She brings them footwear, clothing, and cosmetics on credit and charges in installments tailored to every client. On the weekends, she takes advantage of the fact that housewives like to get a break from cooking; she sells delicious food. With her income, she has been able to support her children's higher education costs. Her goal is for them to finish their studies. She is currently applying for a new Kiva loan, her first loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With this loan, she will purchase basic materials and supplies for making food, as well as a tent for making her sales point more comfortable. This will allow her to continue selling lunches and food. Investing this loan will guarantee that she will be able to offer her clients a place protected from the rain and the blazing Caribbean sun. This will allow her to get a discount through buying higher volumes, which will allow her to give discounts. She will be able to save on transportation; her loan will be a success.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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