A loan of $375 helped purchasing supplies such as sugar and molasses.

Olga's story

Olga, 69, is a mother of two that makes and sells sweets in the city of Barranquilla. Her main product lines are coconut and sesame seed sweets, which she started back in the 1960s with her husband, who later left the factory to Olga and their son. Later in 1990 she formed her microenterprise and gave it her own name. Her microenterprise serves a different market than her husband's and is well positioned in the city. Her business has a great growth potential and there is also a growing market. Both factors continuously create the need to inject working capital to her business. That is why she works with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, where she has so far received 9 credits that have allowed her to expand her well-being. She has also been trained and likes to participate in the institution's programs. With her credikiva, the 10th loan she will obtain from this institution, she will purchase supplies such as compacted molasses (panela) and sugar, which will help her expand her production during the highest demand season, i.e., Christmas and New Year. Her greatest challenge is to have specialized equipment in order to have a more automatized production and she is getting ready to purchase it in the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Carolina Zuniga

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