A loan of $625 helped to buy bulk rice, oil and supplies.

Alexander De La Cruz's story

Alexander, 24, lives with his wife in the 7 de Abril neighborhood in the southwest part of the city. He makes food and natural juices from tropical fruit such as guanábana, níspero, zapote, mango and many others. He is originally from the Bananera area but arrived in Barranquilla seeking employment opportunities. He worked as a grain farmer's assistant for five months, then worked as a food vendor which is where he gained his experience. He decided to become independent and generate his own income, and set up his own business with his wife's support.

So, seven years ago he began selling food such as chicken and vegetable rice, roast pork belly, fried chicken, hard-boiled eggs, and other delicacies. He sets up his tricycle stand in a strategic part of the city, near the urban bus terminal, and is very well-known by the bus drivers and bus station employees. He sells on a cash basis and also buys his supplies on a cash basis which means he must spend more on transportation due to the frequency in purchases of small quantities. The reason he is requesting a credikiva, which is the first loan through the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, is to buy bulk rice and oil, as well as other supplies required for the food preparation.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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