A loan of $475 helped to make home-made candy.

Carlos Alberto's story

Carlos Gutiérrez lives with his spouse and children in the Nueva Esperanza neighborhood. There, he makes candy from tropical fruits and tubers. He’s known this skill since he was a little boy and now managed to use it as a base for his business to support his family and, above all, to proviD. his children with a better future.

His business is called “Dulces Yecenia” and Carlos plans to increase his working capital to expand it until it reaches economic stability and he can reach his dream of completing building his house as well as having a specialized point of sale in the large shopping centers.

All the neighbors in his area know the delicious sweets Carlos Alberto makes at home based on coconut, mamey, papaya, mango, banana, guava, milk, yam, manioc and plantain which he then sells through vendors throughout towns in Atlántico.

His Kiva loan is his first loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and he’ll use it to buy tropical fruit, sugar and other ingredients in bulk because his greatest challenge is the constant rise in price of these ingredients, especially sugar, and the little capital he has. However, he continues focused on reaching his dreams and working with a profit margin of no less than 45%.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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