A loan of $600 helped to buy non-perishable products such as rice, oil, grains and also beer at wholesale.

Ena Luz's story

Ena Luz S. A. arrived in the city of Barranquilla 17 years ago She had become a widow with three children and decided to seek a better life. Initially she worked as a domestic worker for two years, during which time she perfected her way of preparing meals. She therefore stopped this activity and joined with her current spouse who was devoted to her. At first she sold servings of soup, and today's main activity is the sale of lunches on a daily basis to 35 construction workers. She has added to this the sale of cheese fingers and cold drinks, especially beer, on the weekends, when she sells at least 30 cases. She also offers cell phone services, an activity that provides additional income. Her daughter supports her in this business, she is paid daily and is directly employed by the business.

Ena Luz is now the mother of 5 children aged between 6 to 21 years. Three of them live in another town with their grandparents. She dreams of them all achieving success and being able to study and become professionals. Ena therefore directs all her efforts to make this happen through daily hard work, and she is supported in this by her husband who works as a janitor at a construction firm.

This is the first funding she has received from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which she will buy non-perishable products such as rice, oil, grain and beer at wholesale. This is an investment that promises to be successful, not only because of the experience of the entrepreneur in these activities but also because the season is about to become more cheerful with fun in the city from The Carnival of Barranquilla, where "everything is for sale", especially those products Ena prepares for festivals and for the local celebrations that take place with families in their communities.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack

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