A loan of $350 helped to buy ingredients for preparing lunches so she can add lunch service.

Luz's story

Luz is 59 years old and has two children, who are 22 and 40 years old. She has lived in the city of Barranquilla since 1980, when she arrived from Quindío, the department where she was born. She began working for the owner of a kiosk, a job where she got most of her experience, which she later used to begin her own business. When the kiosk owner left and she rented the business, she began to work on her own. However, 7 months later the owner asked Luz to hand it back over to him. This is how she found herself needing to start in another location. She opened a kiosk with the support of the soft drink companies. From that moment on, things went well for her because these companies helped her with infrastructure and merchandise. However, a little while later, she had to move her kiosk a few meters in the same area because someone built a wall and started a business there. This worked out well for her because the employees there are her main customers of soft drinks, fried foods, cigarettes, and the other foods that she sells.

Luz is a very hardworking and persistent woman. She lives in a neighborhood in the south of Barranquilla and she gets up very early to commute every day to the north of the city to tend to her business. In addition to the employees of the business that is located so close to her kiosk, she has many customers in the neighborhood because she is located right in an industrial area. This has helped with the sustainability of her business and it has allowed her to support her family, though now her children work independently and contribute to the household expenses. Her dream is to have a quiet time in her old age, enjoying her work.

Luz is applying for her first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, which she will use to improve her kiosk and to buy ingredients so she can add a lunch service. She has potential customers for this because of the characteristics of the area and also because she is well known for the foods that she sells to her customers at mid-morning.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day

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