A loan of $875 helped to buy fish in bulk.

Maria Evelyn's story

Maria C. R. is 27-years-old and she works as a fishmonger. She lives with her spouse and 5-year-old son in the municipality of Malambo in the metropolitan area of Barranquilla. Maria began this business 7 years ago with $500,000 COP (Colombian currency). She had this wild idea when she was visiting her family for Christmas in her native El Banco Magdalena. She often returned from there with fish for her home and ended up selling them among her close friends. From that moment on it has gone very well for her. She works with her spouse and her goal is to increase her merchandise and sales. Maria is young and very dynamic. She currently sells fish in bulk in the market plaza, but she also generates income selling varied merchandise from her home. She currently brings the fish from El Banco Magdaleno, but recently she has found a way to buy it that is more economical if she were able to bring it from Zapatoca, a municipality in the department of Cesár. This is her objective in requesting her first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo--that her husband will be able to travel directly to this location and do direct business, which will benefit her and her customers in terms of price and quality. This investment would be successful because Holy Week is approaching, a time when sales of this product increase because many people don't eat red meat on certain days, so fish forms part of the diet of many families that preserve this tradition.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kate Richardson

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