A loan of $1,125 helped she will buy a greater volume of raw materials and resources.

Sonia Constanza's story

Sonia Constanza, age 36, lives in the Primavera neighborhood of the city of Bogotá with her husband and two children, ages 8 and 16. Sonia has a business called Café, a pastry shop selling items derived from wheat flour. She began the business 5 years ago as a bread bakery but has gradually remodeled it, adding products for a coffee and pastry shop. With this change she wants to obtain greater profitability and enlarge her product line of desserts, which are very much in demand and generate a 40% profit.

With her Kiva loan, her first with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, Sonia will purchase a greater volume of raw materials and resources. December is approaching, a period jn which prices increase, and by buying now she avoids that increase. Also, she wants to continue to strengthen her product line of breads and pastries, taking advantage of the Christmas season to create economical gift choices for her customers, such as Christmas breads, puddings, and cakes, among other ideas appropriate for the season. Her greatest challenges are obtaining a position in the market, increasing her sales, obtaining significant profits that support her own and her family’s well-being, and meeting the potential of the highly commercial district where her small business is located.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rick & Pat Brown

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