A loan of $850 helped to buy prime materials and make better repairs.

Ana Matilde's story

Ana Matilde H. E. is 38 years old and lives in the popular neighborhood San Isidro, in the city of Barranquilla. She makes buns (rolls)—a food from the Creole delicacies from the Atlantic coast. They are made with corn meal boiled in a cylindrical form and wrapped in dried Mazora leaves. For her and her partner, making these products is part of a very important family tradition that has allowed them to pay for school for many family members, some of whom have become professionals.

In addition to selling bums, they also sell fruits, meats, cheese, and even the corn water they make the buns in. They turn it into a delicious chichi. Most of their customers are neighbors from the area, restaurants, clubs, and social events in people’s homes. Ana Matilde and her husband work the business, but also hire employees to help out according to market demand.

Today they are asking for a loan of $1.600.000 they will use to buy prime materials to get to other markets and to make better repairs to the installations they have in their business. This is the fifth loan with Fundación Santo Domingo. All of her loans have been very helpful because they have reimbursed passive costs and increased their working capital.

Her immediate goal is to be able to produce greater quantities, reaching a good part of the market and having an income that allows them to live tranquilly and enjoy some family vacations.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shelly Hubman

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