A loan of $575 helped to buy sodas and soft drinks, packed lunches, cold cuts and essential household products in larger volumes.

Candida's story

66 year-old Cándida is very happy to be living in her own home which is located in the Ciudad Bicentenario macro-housing project which is administered by Fundación Mario Santo Domingo as part of their social focus on creating sustainable communities. Cándida has her own business there called "Comercializadora La Niña Cande” where she sells soft drinks, chicken, cold cuts and packed lunches from a sales location which is gradually positioning itself as the community grows. There are plans to build 25,000 homes within the community and so the projection for her business is solid.

Cándida used to live in San José, another town within Bolívar department. She was uprooted from there and lost all her livestock so she set up home in Cartagena in order to build new dreams. She has gradually made progress. She has obtained her own home and a way of making a living through a business. She dreams of growing her business, increasing her working capital and also her number of customers.

This Kiva loan is the first loan that Cándida has received from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use it to buy crates of soda and drinks, packed lunches, cold cuts and essential household products in larger quantities. Housewives have been requesting these products recently and they have a quick turnover. Cándida's goal for the future is to add a bakery to her business because she can manage that trade perfectly and there is a good growth potential in her area as there is still no bakery there.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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