A loan of $325 helped to buy rice, oil, vegetables, pork and chicken.

Zaida's story

Zaida D. is a 57 year-old woman who lives in the city of Cartagena. She lives in a neighborhood whose residents are self-employed workers, salespeople and generally very hard-working people. Zaida's business is selling pies and 'hayaca' (a cornmeal dough with a savory filling wrapped in plantain leaves then boiled or steamed). She has been in this business for four years, since her husband became unemployed and they came to Cartagena with her mother and a little bit of capital.

They started living on the income from her business preparing this food, with the support of a small pension of her mom's. Zaida tells us that her business has done very well and her household income has increased. Her husband helps her and also travels to sell goods. For this reason, he is often absent for long periods of time and during these times her business supports the household. Zaida's business activity has been important for all of them because she has managed to get together enough money for a down payment on a house. She now hopes to receive her house so that she can set up her business there as a big challenge for her is managing to attract a permanent market in this neighborhood where she will soon live with her family.

This is Zaida's first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and she will use it to buy rice, oil, vegetables, pork and chicken to increase her capital. She hopes to sell her products to stores and other sales locations. This would have a positive impact on her income.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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