A loan of $900 helped buy chicken, fish, tuna, canned goods, and personal hygiene products like toothpaste and soap.


Magalis Maria's story

Magalis María M. is a young woman and the self-sacrificing mother of a small five year old son. She lives in the Olaya neighborhood in the city of Cartagena. This city is the cradle of Caribbean music. Everyday dancers and reggaeton and champeta singers of all ages wildly flourish in the city streets. Each day they add new rhythms to Columbian music.

She is the proprietor of the Comercializadora M. business, where she sells fish and white meats. She also sells toothpaste, hand and body creams, and general cosmetics.

This is her second loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use the loan to buy chicken, fish, tuna, canned goods, and personal hygiene products like toothpaste and soap.

Magaly is enthusiastic about her Kiva loan, her second loan, because the last one was from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. It generated a great boost for her business. Her profits helped her to improve aspects of her life and those of her family.

Her greatest challenge is managing to have a place with a good refrigeration set up. She also wants to become a large wholesale seller of these protein delicacies. In the future she wants to see her only child become a good and very successful person.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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