A loan of $575 helped to purchase ingredients, such as rice, meats, and vegetables.

Pablo's story

Pablo has a restaurant located in the community of La Pradera where he sells stews, cream of cheese soup, yucca meals, and other of his own delicious recipes traditional to the Caribbean Coast. It is located in Cordoba's savannah region. He thought of his enterprising idea in the city of Barranquilla when the community had its first inhabitants. At first he sold fried foods and natural fruit drinks, including orange, lemon, mango, zapote (a fleshy tropical fruit), medlar, watermelon, melon, and guanabana (a fragrant tropical fruit). His business gradually expanded and he added common foods with the goal of catering to the clientele he had already won. Today he has a space in his house that has become too small to support the growth of his business and this is just the challenge he faces. He needs to recondition it and in the future to move it to a new location. His Kiva loan is the first he has with Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo (Kiva Field Partner) and with it he will purchase ingredients, such as rice, meats, and vegetables in large volumes to earn discounts on cash sales. He will also purchase tools for the kitchen to be able to serve his clients more freely. Pablo is married and he has 4 children between the ages of 12 and 23. He dreams of seeing them achieve success and every day he works to support his family through his business.

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