A loan of $450 helped to buy raw materials such as butter, flour, tubers, cheese, soda and soft drinks in larger quantities so that she can earn discounts.


Erica's story

38-year-old Érica is a married woman who has three children aged between 5 and 16. She has a food business where she prepares and sells 'chicha' (a traditional corn-based drink), soda, juice, potatoes stuffed with meat and cheese, cheese fingers, and snacks in general. She started her business when she realized that her mother earned good money in the same business. At first she started out selling soup and pies but gradually her work ethic and her desire to do well gave her new ideas. Now she not only sells meals in small quantities but she also has a sales location with heated display cases and a chiller cabinet where she offers nice cold drinks. She has a lot of sales owing to the permanent warm climate of the Colombian Carribean coast. Erica is currently applying for her first Kiva loan, which will also be her first loan from Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo. She will use it to buy raw materials such as butter, flour, tubers, cheese, soda and soft drinks in larger quantities. This will earn her discounts and she will be able to increase her production at a good time of year, before the carnival celebrations in her region, when fiesta and folklore increase her profits because people come together very near her business and they come to buy food from her. This gives them a renewed boost and allows them to continue dancing and enjoying Carribean folklore.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard



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