A loan of $525 helped to buy ingredients to make his food in larger quantities and also repair his industrial oven.

Cristo's story

Cristo is 39 years old. He is a married man and lives with his wife and 3 children, aged between 9 and 16 years, in the municipality of Soledad where he has a restaurant. He sells meals, set meals and fast food among the other delights of Caribbean cuisine. He started out as an entrpreneur selling fish which he brought from Sucre, a municipality he used to live in before, to sell at the public market in the city of Barranquilla where he sold it at his brother-in-law's stall. Gradually he built up a large clientele and for this reason decided to move to Soledad, where he bought a plot of land and built his own house, looking for a way to not have to travel so much and pay more attention to his family. There, together with his wife, he started making meals and this is what he currently does and with which he has managed to take care of his family. Currently he is applying for his first loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo with which he will buy ingredients to make his food in larger quantities. He will also repair his industrial oven, looking to get it in excellent condition for the end of year, a season of great commercial activity in the food sector as families celebrate and buy ready made food instead of making it themselves. His main customers are his neighbours and a few people who work in companies and usually come to savour the delicious sancochos (traditional, regional type of stew), prepared at the small rneighbourhood restaurant of Ciudadela Metropolitana and which are now well known. His investment will be successful because he will receive discounts for bulk purchase buying and cash payments and because it will increase his working capital and earn him a bit more than usual.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Maria Blyth

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