A loan of $350 helped to buy equipment like a mixer and baking pans, as well as larger amounts of raw materials.

Maria's story

María (51 years old) is a married woman who lives with her husband and their two children, ages 18 and 24, in a neighborhood south of the city of Barranquilla.

Her business is food preparation, especially snacks, appetizers and delicious pastries which are traditional foods in this region (a mixture of rice, vegetables and three types of meat in dough, wrapped in "bijao" leaves). She began this experience by preparing fast foods for parties, like cheese straws and small empanadas for special events like First Communions and birthdays for family members and some friends. Gradually her business grew, and now she works with better results because she has a growing customer base that she plans to expand by injecting the working capital from her Kiva loan, which is her first loan from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use it to buy equipment like a mixer and baking pans, as well as bigger amounts of raw materials to save on her purchases and translate those savings into good prices for her customers. María's main dream is to have a banquet hall somewhere in a different building from her house, where everyone will come to meet her and have their group events, and where she can offer comfortable service that she can replicate.

Currently she faces a great challenge that she must resolve soon in order to fulfill her dream of growing, and that challenge is that she does not have a freezer for storing appetizers. She keeps them in a family refrigerator, and because of this she must prepare and sell her products quickly, and this makes her work less effective.

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