A loan of $575 helped to buy raw materials such as beef, pork, and entrails.

Alejandra's story

Alejandra, 34, learned to work with food from her aunt because she has always enjoyed kitchen work. When she decided to earn income through a business selling food, her partner was the first one to support her with the initial capital. In this way she has succeeded in growing her business and in earning income, with which she supports her household consisting of her husband, a bricklayer, and their two children, aged 3 and 10 years. In her business, she sells fried meat products such as pig, chorizo, rennet, entrails, etc. at a shop located in her house. She waits on customers from 8 in the morning until 9 at night. This is how customers eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Alejandra's business. The location of this business improves its sales, since it is located near a soccer field where many sportspeople meet, especially on weekends and holidays. Alejandra's main goal is to expand, but her challenge is not having sufficient capital and work to achieve that as soon as she dreams of doing. Because of this, she is applying for a Kiva loan, her first financing with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She wants to take advantage of the fact that the end of year holidays are approaching to invest in raw materials and increase her sales volume, because it is at this time of year that she has more customers than usually come to her business. And this is precisely the reason that her Kiva loan will be a success.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Karen Monat

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