A loan of $675 helped purchase a table & ingredients for preparing lunches and fast food.

Alirio Josè's story

In the neighborhood of “La Luz” (The Light) in the city of Barranquilla lives a hardworking gentleman named Alirio José B.. He is 41 years old and dedicated to his business selling lunches and occasionally fast food. His family consists of his wife and three children between the ages of 4 and 14, who are the reason why he strives in his work to get ahead. This is his first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and he has requested the amount of 1,300,000 COP. He plans to buy a table and ingredients for preparing lunches and fast food such as rice, oil, margarine, meat, chicken, cheese, sauces, and sausages.

Alirio is from the Department of Córdoba, which is located to the north in the part of Colombia facing the Caribbean Sea. This area is known for its swamps, livestock fairs, festivals (such as the one celebrating the donkey), pageants, and fertile soil. Here he started his business five years ago selling soups and lunches. He continues his business in Barranquilla and has since added fast food such as hot dogs, hamburgers, stuffed “arepas” (corn bread), skewered meats, and kernelled corn. Alirio has an assistant who help every day preparing lunches for his customers and on the weekends sells his famous hot dogs, hamburgers, and cold cuts. Since he operates his business out of his home, his family is well-known in the community. His main goal is to be well-organized, so he provides his customers plenty of chairs and tables to make them more comfortable. Alirio prefers it this way because it allows him to provide better service to his paying customers. His greatest challenge is not having enough capital to run his business with the necessary tools so that he can provide excellent service.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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