Total loan: $625

Nelcy Esther

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Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia / Food

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A loan helped to buy yogurt and other frozen treats.

Nelcy Esther's story

Nelcy, 39, lives with her spouse and three children, an 11-year-old boy and two young women who are 15 and 19 years old respectively. She lives in the city of Barranquilla, Atlántico Department, a city known as “La Arenosa” or “Curramba la Bella.” Her commercial activity is selling yogurt, Coolechera brand dairy products, ice-cream, ‘bolis’ [frozen treats in plastic tubes] and desserts. She sells these food items every day from home and to do so has a refrigerator to keep them well-refrigerated. Her sales are cash and her customers are local neighbors where she lives. She buys the brand products (yogurt, ‘coolecheritas’ and ice-cream) for cash directly from the factories. The ‘bolis’ and desserts she makes herself. She started the business three years ago initially just selling ice-cream. Later on she learned how to make the desserts which she sells now too. This is her first Kiva loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and she will use it to buy yogurt, ‘coolecheritas’ and ice-cream in larger amounts aiming at increasing sales and make the business grow to move her children forward especially with regard to their schooling.