A loan of $1,125 helped to buy larger amounts of ingredients like milk and sugar.

Shirley Maria's story

Shirley S. sells milk-based sweets in Cartagena’s Los Calamares neighborhood. She started the business with her father selling small amounts from store to store and to other businesses. Thus she gained acceptance in the community and acquired many customers until she became a supplier to large businesses in Cartagena and Turbaco, a nearby city. This business has been important for her and her family’s lives because from it they have supported themselves. Her efforts, therefore, are directed towards its growth so that it will strengthen and formalize so that one day the product may be exported; this is the big dream she has.

Shirley tells us that even though the sweets business in Cartagena is quite competitive the quality that’s reflected in the sanitation standards and the purity of her ingredients make her firm a sustainable micro business.

This is her first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and she needs it to buy a larger amount of ingredients that she uses to elaborate the product, like milk and sugar, because she knows that as a young woman, if she persists in meeting her goals, in the end she will secure a future in which her sweets are savored in many parts of the world.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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