A loan of $375 helped to buy greater quantities of fish and cheese with cash.

Reina Luisa's story

We went to Reina's house where she attended to us very smilingly, because she already had sold all her fish, cheese, and "bollos" (corn cakes with cheese, anise, or other ingredients) very early, so her customers could eat breakfast.

Her life always has been moved by business. Fifteen years ago when she married her husband, he gave her her first capital so she could start making and selling bollos along with her already well-known "hallacas" (cornmeal, meat, and vegetables in banana leaves), specially prepared in the Christmas season between neighbors and friends, and later expanded into a larger market.

Her husband has always worked selling fish, so she also added this product as well as the cheese that she got from distributors at a good price.

Her dream is to have her own house. This is why she works so hard every day, to one day achieve that and to give her 12-year-old son a better future.

Currently she is requesting her first Kiva loan, which is also the first loan she has requested from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With the loan she will pay in cash for greater quantities of fish and cheese, products that are at their peak season. Her investment will be successful because she takes orders and takes advantage of the opportunity to pay cash and earn important discounts, which generate a bit more profit for her.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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