A loan of $525 helped to buy a tarp to protect customers from the Caribbean sun and constant rain, and to finish furnishing the kitchen with things like plastic containers.

Alvaro's story

Alvaro, 55, is a father of two children, ages 19 and 14, and lives in the neighborhood of Ceiba in the city of Barranquilla. He makes lunches, especially daily specials (rice, beef or chicken or fish, grains, salad and soup) which are affordable to his customers. There is a lot of variety in his menu, but he sells them very cheaply, like soups that he sells to nearby families and to workers that work in the area.

Alvaro began his business because he needed a way to generate income when he found himself unemployed and couldn't find a permanent job. He wants to keep growing his business, but with an increase in demand he doesn't have enough capital to keep up. For this reason he asks for a Kiva loan, his first with Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo, which he will use to buy a tarp to protect his customers from the Caribbean sun and the constant rain, and also to finish furnishing his stall, especially with plastic containers. His goal is to have a large restaurant and to be known, and for his stall to make more money and provide employment to others.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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