A loan of $575 helped to buy a new arepas cart.

Edubiges's story

Edubiges, 42, is a married woman and she has a 14-year-old son who she dreams will become a successful professional. To accomplish this she focuses on producing income from her business to provide wellbeing for her home. Her enterprising ideas arose fifteen years ago when she started to buy merchandise to then sell among her friends, neighbors and relatives.

Her business gradually grew and she worked that way for four years. Later, she thought selling cheese and offal was a better opportunity since she already sold such items for cash. She worked that way for six more years. When her husband started to work for a firm her father continued with the business but when her husband stopped working as a salaried employee she retook her old business but added grilled arepas [A griddle-cake made of soaked corn ground into a paste or dough] investing his severance pay into the business: tools, equipment and implements to successfully carry out this activity. She’s still in this business taking advantage of being near schools which are her main market.

Her business dream is to have several sales points and this is why she needs working capital to buy a new arepa cart to position strategically and this is why she’s asking for a Kiva loan, her first from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo that she’ll use to buy a new arepa cart to generate new income since she’s identified a potential market where she can extend her working hours into the night. She will be successful because she will apply all her experience to create new profits.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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