A loan of $600 helped to buy rice, oil, foodstuffs, canned goods and other items.

Marina Esther's story

For ten years Marina, 55, sold chicha (beverage made from corn), bolis (frozen fruit treats), ice cream and fried fast food that she prepared at home in the Carrizal neighborhood where she lives with her spouse and 36-year-old daughter. Forty-five years ago, still living with her parents and siblings, they were recently arrived in Guacamayal in Magdalena Department, seeking a better life in the city.

Marina has always liked to contribute to her home because what she earns is used precisely to pay many of her expenses because, although her husband’s a contractor and works for a firm, between the two of them they manage to supply greater wellbeing for their family.

This is the 8th loan Marina has had with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, an organization that has provided new working capital that she used to add to her initial activity the sale of miscellaneous merchandise like cosmetics, shoes, clothes and accessories, among other items, that are part of a family’s basic shopping basket. She’s also been timelier with her select clientele which grows daily.

She will use her Kiva loan to buy rice, oil, foodstuffs, canned goods and other items she has on order. Her goal for later on is to have a locale of her own in a well positioned commercial point to display her merchandise. While Marina builds her dream she continues to perfect her activity working with a profit margin of no less than 20% which she expects will gradually increase thanks to her discipline and the system of values she has.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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