A loan of $450 helped to buy primary goods such as corn, sugar, yuca, plantains, and coffee in greater volume.


Marly's story

Marly began her business, with very little capital and always with the aid of her spouse. Upon arriving in the department of Atlantico, they sought opportunities to augment their income, and the two began their commercial activity, starting a business selling merchandise on short-term credit, to be able to recover their investment rapidly. They bought a bunch of thermoses and began selling coffee through 3 mobile venders, and for which they bought the necessary equipment. They have expanded their business to include selling a variety of traditional fried snacks, taking advantage of their location in front of one of the city's principle hospitals. Their customers are medical personnel, including paramedics, often accompanied by patients, who come to drink Marly's delicious coffee. This is their first request through the Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo for a loan. It will be used to buy primary materials such as corn, sugar, yuca, plantains, and coffee in larger volume, since they plan to expand to new zones to sell their products. Marly and her husband work furiously every day, hoping to advance their family and, above all, to offer better educational opportunities to their children who are aged 7 and 8.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD



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