A loan of $600 helped to buy food products, meat and canned goods in bulk to sell to her customers.


Marina's story

Marina C. is 43 years old. She owns a store which is located in Santo Domingo de Guzman neighborhood, in the city of Barranquilla, where she sells basic family shopping basket goods retail, for cash and also on credit. Her main customers are housewives and parents in the area. With her sales of food products, groceries, meat, dairy products and soft drinks, Marina fulfils the needs of her community. She provides a special service to each and every customer in accordance with their communicativeness and their financial ability to shop. Marina's business is well stocked but because she buys on credit, she often doesn't earn the discounts that she would if she paid cash. Nor does she get to take advantage of the special, low-price offers that her suppliers provide to those who buy in larger volumes. For this reason, Marina has approached Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to apply for her first loan which she will use to buy food products, meat and canned goods to sell to her customers during this vacation period of Semana Santa (Holy Week) which is approaching with all its rituals and the increase in shopping that it entails when families receive visitors and share their food while they pray and enjoy the special altars that churches display during their services.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard



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