A loan of $1,125 helped to buy fish at wholesale prices to sell to restaurants etc.

Odith Del Carmen's story

Odith M. has been in the workforce ever since she was a young woman. She has three children ranging in age from 10 to 20 years. At the same time as continuing her work selling fish, she has raised the children. Her dream is for them to study at university and have successful futures.

Odith started her small business ten years ago with the goal of increasing her income and improving her standard of living. At the beginning she sold the fish to neighbours and friends; today she not only sells to them, but also to restaurants, fishmongers, and families who buy from her weekly.

She transports the fish from Tasajera, a fishing village in the department of Atlántico, and she also offers her customers soft drinks at good prices. On other occasions, she brings the fish from La Guajira in the north of Columbia.

This is Odith’s first loan with Kiva partner, the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, where she has been a client for two years. With the loan she will buy fish at wholesale prices in response to orders from fishmongers and restaurants in the town. She also plans to improve the refrigeration system where she keeps the fish. In the future Odith hopes to own a hygienic, refrigerated stall in the fish market so she can organize other points of sale in newly-developed business areas.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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