A loan of $1,000 helped purchase of meats and soft drinks to make her products.

Lucinda Maria's story

Lucinda María H. lives with her husband and 3 children (between 28 and 33 years old) in the community of 20 de Julio in the city of Barranquilla--a place where formal and informal businesses interact with sports events at the Estadio Metropolitano (metropolitan stadium), site of the best soccer in Colombia. Lucinda makes and sells fast foods such as hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and fries, and shish kabobs, to which she adds the most delicious sauces that she herself learned to make in 1993, when she had a general store.

At her current business she works from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. She says that the sanitary, delicate, and flavorful way in which she prepares her food and the friendly service she provides to her customers are what sustain her business--that's why her customers don't buy from anyone but her. Her small company consists of Lucinda, her husband, and three employees. She buys her ingredients every Thursday so that her products are very fresh. She's received 14 loans with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo over the course of the last 17 years, which have helped her improve her sales, renovate her home, and improve her family's quality of life so that they're happy and are able to remain together. She's currently requesting a Kiva loan to buy sausage, meat, and soft drinks for the preparation of her products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kate Richardson

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