A loan of $1,125 helped to buy sausages, meat, and viscera in greater quantity and to provide preventative maintanence on her equipment.

Erika Maria's story

Erika lives in the Soledad Municipality, which is 15 minutes from the city of Barranquilla. She lives with her spouse and their two children, ages 2 and 19. Erika has a business called “Expendio de carne la económia de Los Almendros” (a butcher shop). She started her business eight years ago by taking advantage of the experience her husband had selling meat in a nearby municipality.

Every day Erika sells beef, chicken, pork, viscera, and sausages. The business has gone from little to more, and she has managed to have fixed customers and an advantageous location in regards to the number of people who travel through the area.

Erika has received six loans with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. Through this organization she has managed to get her own home and to also have preventative maintenance done on her equipment.

Her dream for later on is to manage to acquire the house where she now has her business. She also dreams of, through her efforts, being able to give her children post high school educations. This is exactly what keeps her motivated to get ahead through her work.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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