A loan of $600 helped to purchase groceries in volume as well as accessories and stationary.

Idalides's story

Idalides, 48 years old, lives in the Macroproyecto part of the Ciudad Bicentenario development, which is administered by Kiva partner Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, which builds sustainable communities in the city of Cartagena de Indias. There, she has a business called Tienda Aqui Me Quedo (the I'm Staying Here Store) that sells snack food, groceries, drinks, and other general items. Her entrepreneurial idea started with the help of her husband and daughter; he was unemployed and their daughter helped provide start-up capital. Through their disciplined and persistent work, they have grown the business gradually until they were able to turn it into an income stream that covers the family's daily living expenses. Their main challenge is having insufficient working capital to make cash purchases and take advantage of discounts that would increase their margins. This is why they have turned to Kiva for a loan. This first loan through Kiva partner Fundación Mario Santo Domingo will be used to purchase groceries in volume as well as other miscellaneous items for their store, such as paperclips, stationary, etc. Their greatest goal is to have a freezer for storing meat products so they will be able to respond more quickly to a growing number of neighbors' daily needs.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Olivia Shirley

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