A loan of $1,175 helped to buy sauces, fats, vegetables, cold cuts, tropical fruits and sugar in larger quantities.

Alenys Meleth's story

Alenys B. is a young woman who lives with her parents and brother in a very close family environment in Carrizal neighborhood of Barranquilla. This is a cheerful, party area and it is where Alenys runs her business selling fast food such as 'salchipapas' (a combination of sausage and French fries in sauce), hot dogs, burgers, natural juices and fried products in general.

In her community, which is large, and in the surrounding neighborhoods, everybody is familiar with the food from Alenys' business. Her business came about when she found herself without a formal job. She took advantage of the situation and re-activated a business that her family hadn't kept going. She and her boyfriend (who she will marry soon) decided to re-establish the business and keep it running. She took on this risk without being very sure but her business began to grow and she has managed to stabilize it. She has even realized that she can make more progress in it.

The success factor of this small businesswoman is her persistence in going from less to more. She has managed to go from selling just a few products to selling many more, adding soft drinks to her line of products. Alenys prepares natural juices with fresh tropical fruits such as mangos, watermelon, mandarins, bananas, etc. Her business is always busy with customers seeking a taste delight, good hygiene and good food.

This Kiva loan is Alenys' first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and she will use it to buy a sauces, fats, vegetables, cold cuts, tropical fruit and sugar in larger quantities. Her dream is to acquire a bigger and more comfortable sales location as her customers are always the great leaders of her business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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