A loan of $850 helped stock artificial and fresh flowers like anthuriums, roses, flower buds, carnations and orchids.

María Margarita's story

María Margarita R. M. is 65 years old and has four children who no longer depend on her. She sells flowers at her stall in the square in front of the Universal Cemetery of Barranquilla. She began to work with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo 11 years ago when a consultant observed her and saw her performance. With the loan of 1,600 Colombian pesos she is asking for, she wants to stock up with artificial and fresh flowers like anthuriums, roses, flower buds, carnations and orchids, which she can get more economically in Maicao, a border city near Venezuela.

María's flower sales business came into being after she abandoned the merchandise sales she had done in Maicao and moved to Barranquilla for security reasons. She began her business selling flowers with a friend who had the capital, and they got equal profits after the sale. As this went well for her, she decided to become independent, and during her eleven years with the Fundación she has had much success with her business. She says that her greatest challenge is the competition she gets from other people whom María has taught how to sell flowers. She used to sit in her tent waiting for people to come look for her, but now she looks for her customers around the cemetery, which has helped her to keep those customers and promote her business; the result is that people come to her, even people from other departments in Colombia whose loved ones are in other cemeteries. They have a lot of confidence in her since she know how to preserve flowers Her successes help her to make her dreams come true, and her main dream is to have more capital to supply her business, especially with fresh flowers.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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