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When Marlen’s husband lost his job in a firm he looked for alternatives for generating income and found the possibility of working with his wife in a very busy spot located across from one of the city’s most important cemeteries near a very well-known main avenue in Barranquilla. He stared a business there selling natural fruit juices in a cart located in the park where now Marlen and her husband take turns to meet the large customer demand because they work extended schedules from 6 in the morning until 7 at night or sometimes even later if it’s during the famous adult soccer tournaments.

Marlen makes the delicious natural juices taking advantage of each fruit’s season so that anyone approaching under the relentless sun in the city can consume mango, banana, tomato, sapote, loquat and orange juice among the delicious Colombian fruits that nature provides daily in this region.

Marlen is currently applying for a Kiva loan, her first financing with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, because she wants to buy larger amounts of new seasonal fruit like grapes in addition to those she usually buys getting ready for the end of year festivities and offering grapes to her customers that are used for the traditional celebration at the end of the year when the custom is for each family member to eat twelve grapes before midnight on December 31st. This is a moment when women and men hug and kiss, sing and share toasts full of happiness asking God for their greatest wish for the New Year.
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Cuando el esposo de Marlen, perdió su empleo en una empresa, buscó alternativas de generar ingresos y encontró la posibilidad de trabajar con su esposa, en un lugar muy concurrido, ubicado frente a uno de los más importantes cementerios de la ciudad, cerca al corredor de una vía preferencial muy reconocida en la ciudad de Barranquilla. Allí emprendió su negocio de vender jugos naturales en un carro ubicado en el parque, donde hoy Marlen y su esposo se turnan para atender la gran demanda de su clientela pues trabajan en horarios extendidos desde las 6 de la mañana hasta las 7 de la noche o mas tarde si en ese espacio se realizan los famosos torneo de futbol de adultos. Marlen prepara los mas deliciosos jugos naturales, aprovechando la temporada de cada fruta, así cualquier persona que se acerca bajo el incesante sol de la ciudad, puede consumir jugo de mango, banano, tomate de árbol, zapote, níspero, naranja, entre las deliciosas frutas Colombianas, de la que día a día regala la naturaleza a esta región. En la actualidad Marlen está aplicando aun credikiva, primer financiamiento que hace a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, porque requiere comprar en mayor volumen nuevas frutas de la época, como uvas, además de las que usualmente compra, preparándose para las fiestas de año nuevo, ofreciendo a sus clientes uvas, con las cuales celebrar el fin de año, guardando las tradiciones de comer 12 uvas, por parte de cada miembro de la familia, antes de las 12 de la noche del 31 de Diciembre, momentos en los cuales las mujeres y los hombres, se abrazan y besan, cantan y brindan llenos de felicidad, pidiendo a Dios su mayor deseo para el año venidero.

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About Fundación Mario Santo Domingo

Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD) is a non-profit organization in northern Colombia dedicated to developing programs for the country’s poorest communities. In addition to numerous social services, FMSD runs a microfinance program to strengthen micro-businesses in the areas where it works. The organization also offers several non-financial components as part of this program, including training to help entrepreneurs start their own businesses.

About Colombia

  • $6,070
    Average annual income
  • 192
    View loans »
    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $13,162,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,800.0
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD
Ended with Loss - Currency Exchange Loss learn more
A loan of $350 helped Marlen to buy larger amounts of seasonal fruit.
98% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Nov 30, 2012
Listed
Dec 17, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Mar 29, 2014