A loan of $575 helped to invest in buying locally raised chickens.

Isabel Maria's story

Isabel is a 40-year-old woman. She was born in Corozal, and she is married and the mother of 5 children, ranging in age from 13 to 19. She lives in Juan Mina, one of the two divisions of the rural area surrounding the Colombian city of Barranquilla, 5 km southwest of the urban center along the Algodón highway. It is here that she has operated her business for the past 14 years. Her principal activity is selling locally raised chickens. She also has a restaurant located on the main road. Her work is typical in this area, since there are a number of poulty farms. In her restaurant, her specialty is the delicious and well-known "sancocho de gallina" [chicken stew]. She has two freezers to conserve her products, and she has the necessary furniture and equipment for her restaurant. She cooks with wood, which according to her gives better flavor to the food. Her chicken business increases during the Christmas season, and for this reason Isabel needs additional capital to increase her purchases of the product and fulfill the great demand during this season. For this reason, she came to the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation to request a Kiva loan, her first financing with this organization. She will invest it in locally bred chickens, buying them in greater quantity than usual, so she can take advantage of the large number of orders her customers have placed with her.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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