A loan of $1,025 helped to buy an industrial mixer and a motorcycle for deliveries.

Victoria's story

Pica Rica fast foods is the business that Victoria M. G. chose 12 years ago in order to have more free time to spend with her family. She studied pastry and confectionery when she retired from a company in 2001 where she was a worker. She made pastries, cakes, small meat pies and catering for parties and banquets.

That is her background and it's also what she does today in her store in the Los Angeles de Soledad neighbourhood, where she lives with her spouse. They have 3 children between the ages of 23 and 28. They are all professionals now, thanks to the efforts and persistence of everyone in the household.

This will be her 12th loan with Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo, and she is requesting $2.000.000. She will add it to the money she has been saving since 2009, and buy an industrial mixer and a motorcycle to use for her deliveries. Victoria says that since she invested in this organization, her business has changed due to the fact that with the injection of the new funds, she has been able to make a more diverse range of products, adapt them to the demands of the market, and positively impact it. In so doing she has made new contacts, which has grown her business and increased her orders. Her goal now is to formalize the business and continue to expand it because that is a great challenge.

Victoria is a very well known woman in her neighbourhood and she benefits from the environment of her community, whose festivities' patron saint is St. Pancracio. This generates many local festivities such as bingos, races, and parades, and with them a multitude of customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Nadine Riopel

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