A loan of $1,025 helped purchase 50 bags of cassava, yams, and avocados to sell.

Jailer's story

Jailer S. A. is 37 years old and a native of Carmen de Bolivar, which is where he and his father own farmland on which they grow cassava and yams. From a young age, he has come to know and appreciate the delight associated with these two products since they form the basis of his main business that he developed in the town of Soledad. There he lives with his family, which consists of his wife and ten year old son.

Jailer wakes up every morning at 5am and delivers his products by motorcycle to 25 stores that make up his existing customer base. Throughout the morning he distributes cassava and yams that he harvested, as well as the famous “carmero” avocado that is grown in Carmen de Bolivar.

Jailer may not always have yams and cassava to sell from either his land or his father’s, so he also buys sheep in Montería when necessary. He wants to take advantage of his trips to Montería by seizing the opportunity to sell yams, cassava, and avocados while he is there. For this reason, he is requesting a loan from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (which he joined two years ago) in the amount of 2,000,000 COP. He will buy 50 sturdy bags filled with cassava, yams, and carmero avocados so that he can sell his products in the markets where his suppliers are located.

Jailer started this business after he quit his job at the central municipal supply depot, where he worked an extensive schedule from 3am to 8pm, which was made worse by the low pay. Due to the exhaustion and the lack of time to devote to his family, he decided to become independent and start selling vegetables, tomato plants, and avocados. He is always looking for better ways to earn more income and eventually became acquainted with several shopkeepers who started ordering yams, cassava, and avocados from him.

Since joining Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, Jailer has been able to upgrade his means of transportation from a bicycle to a motorcycle so that he can travel with cargo, access more customers, and sell more of his products because credit was available to him. Otherwise, he would have had difficulty traveling to his suppliers and would have eventually lost credibility in the marketplace. He is now more comfortable working with credit and dreams of seeing his son become a professional and looking up to him. In the future, he hopes to own a distribution truck so that he can sell basic necessities throughout Barranquilla and in other towns in the district of Atlántico.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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