A loan of $775 helped buy ingredients and supplies.

Sebastian's story

Sebastián is 53 years old. He makes corn fritters with his wife, who is also in the photograph, who helps him with the manufacture and especially the sales. Once he makes the fritters, he goes out, beginning at 5:00 AM. He must be out early so that families can enjoy their delicious product for breakfast. Besides having his own business, he also works part time in a clinic, so his wife provides him with important support. Together they have 3 children, ages 33, 31, and 8.

Sebastián was born in San Basilio de Palenque, a land which has also witnessed the birth of folk dancers, world class boxers, actors and other important personalities. It is also a place where "Champeta" (a musical genre of independent and local origin from the African descendents) and Tambora (drumming) are part of the culture of the Columbian Caribbean. They live in the "la Manga" (the sleeve) neighborhood, an area where many African decedents live and are known for their cheerful and hard working characters.

He started his business by making " alegrías," a small round treat made with millet, raw sugar, coconut, and crushed anis. They decided to start making corn fritters, coconut candies, and cassava cakes (made by grinding up yucca and adding cheese and cream and then bake). This loan of 1,500,000 COP ($750) will be their second loan through " la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo." They will use the money to buy ingredients and supplies, so they can sell their products in the upcoming festivals, and to consolidate their production area, which is currently split between their family kitchen and patio. They are happy because they were able to buy a mill with their first loan. They used to have to pay for grinding to be done in a different neighborhood, but now they are able to do this themselves and are able to save on the cost.

Since Sebastián and his wife would like to move their business forward, they would someday like to establish a point of sale on a lot located on their property, which they will set up to achieve their dream. In the mean time, Sebastián continues to be happy participating in social groups within his African decedent community. They help one-another and share their music, ideas, customs and traditions.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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