A loan of $1,025 helped to buy bulk raw materials and manage to adapt the premises and have new fittings for the kitchen.


Petrona Isabel's story

In the Municipality of Sabanagrande located in the central eastern region of the Atlántico Department, 20 kilometers from its District Capital Barranquilla, Petrona M. lives and has her business: a woman, mother of 3 from the ages of 18 to 27, who by working in her business, has given them a good start in life. Petrona makes fried food like arepuelas (corn bread), caribañolas (dumplings) and empañadas and also a type of bread with white or yellow corn called "bollo limpio" and "de mazorca" respectively, using the same corn as a raw material and adding ingredients to it like cheese and aniseed among others that she makes up day by day. This is her main business from which she receives a daily income, but she also prepares pies and soups in the weekends and holidays for the families, whose custom it is to have a rest from domestic cooking activities on Sundays and holidays and buy prepared food.

Petrona is applying for her third loan with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, to the value of $2,000,000 COP, and will use it to buy bulk raw materials and manage to adapt the premises and have new fittings for the kitchen. She is very happy to have been able to inject working capital into her business as she has had a lot of profits and has improved her personal and family life. She dreams of building independent premises with all the required health regulations because her biggest challenge is the lack of premises and sufficient money to adapt it as she dreams of, nevertheless she will put all her efforts into achieving it in the future.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catherine Dent



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