A loan of $750 helped purchase influenza remedies, laxatives, and analgesics.

Mildred Patricia's story

Malambo is named after the chief of the indigenous people who founded the town. This is where 35 year old Mildred R. lives. She manages a pharmacy where she sells general medicines such as influenza remedies, laxatives, and analgesics. Viral illnesses, influenza, and diarrhea are very common in tropical environments so her pharmacy receives many orders for medicines prescribed by doctors. Mildred is applying for her first loan from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo in the amount of 1,500,000 COP to buy primarily influenza remedies, laxatives, and analgesics.

She started her business more than a year ago in order to take advantage of her brother’s experience. He worked as a pharmacist for more than 15 years and helped her secure the loans needed to start her business. Mildred continues to receive advice from him. She hopes to have a chain of drugstores so that she can utilize her knowledge of health, hygiene, and cosmetics. In order to do this, she wants to gradually acquire specialized equipment to proviD. these treatments. Her main challenge is not having certain medications, which has resulted in a loss of sales on a few occasions. Pharmacies are required to have a little bit of everything in order to respond to the community.

Mildred is a hardworking woman who earns extra income working as an assistant physiotherapist. She visits businesses and is well-known in her neighborhood of Bellavista, which is near Convivencia Park in Malambo. This community is known for promoting a culture that encourages the good treatment of mothers and their children. The area is also recognized for its theatrical, artistic, and cultural events.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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