A loan of $800 helped to buy raw materials for her bakery, soft drinks, candy and cleaning supplies.

Marggi's story

Marggi Ramírez lives in Malambo with her spouse and 18-year-old son. This municipality is part of Barranquilla’s metropolitan area. Marggi has her own business called: “Miscelánea y Panadería Jorgito,” which opened for business 7 years ago selling catalogue cosmetics. Gradually she added other merchandise according to what her customers suggested and with her first Fundación Mario Santo Domingo loan she bought a display case giving the appearance of a sales point just like she’d planned because she bought display cases and stocked them with stationery items since her main market were mothers of the children she cares for in a group home, or placement that the national government offers to women who have been previously trained, to support the nourishment and care of small children in the community so that their parents can work and the children will be well cared for, educated and fed nutritionally.

In Marggi’s case, she’s been a “community mother” for 14 years, an activity that has provided many opportunities because she’s met suppliers of food to the group homes with whom she’s negotiated contracts like the one she now has to supply 512 welfare homes with foods derived from wheat flour. Because of this, aware from the beginning of this opportunity, she bought basic bakery equipment like a kneader and an oven, she hired a baker and leased a locale with many bakery tools which solved her initial problem of productive capacity which she now enjoys and through which she earns income and the opportunity of the previously mentioned contract.

This is the second financing with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and she’s applying for a Kiva loan to buy raw materials for her bakery, soft drinks, candy and cleaning supplies to respond effectively to this contract because her great challenge is precisely to maintain this relationship offering quality that the food the infants consume demands which must be processed following hygienic and nutritional norms of quality and with the opportunity that the daily provision to each wellbeing home entails.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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