A loan of $525 helped to buy inventory and maintain her kiosk.

Martha Cecilia's story

Martha is 40 years old and is a hardworking woman with a family of six children between the ages of 24 and 6. She generates her family income through her drink and grocery business.

When she began her entrepreneurial adventure in San Jacinto, located within the Bolvar province, she began by selling candy on the side, from a stall. She later added beer and soft drinks. Later, to take advantage of her customer demand, added rice, sugar, cooking oil, and coffee.

Her greatest strength is her point of sale, which is well visited, because its location provides a natural gathering for people and this will strengthen its growth. She’s working to achieve this, however her working capital is not sufficient, so she’s asking for her first Kiva loan through “Fundación Mario Santo Domingo,” with which she will buy food, beer, and soft drinks. She will also invest in maintaining her kiosk, giving it a better presentation and providing a more comfortable environment for her customers. This is her main task.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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