A loan of $625 helped to buy supplies like oil, rice, sugar, and salt in greater quantities.

Deyanira's story

Deyanira is the mother of three children from the ages of 11 to 17. She dreams that through her work they will manage to enjoy a successful future. She lives to the south of the city, and she is the head of the household. Therefore, her business activities go on continually.

Deyanira sells food every day. She makes breakfasts in the morning, lunches at noon, and in the evening she devotes herself to organizing the business and taking care of her household. Her business is located in a place in her home, which is rented. The house belongs to a relative who lives in another city.

When she started 17 years ago her business was on a neighborhood corner very close to the park. That is where she sold soup. When she stopped selling soup she sold fruit, natural juices, and “chichas” (a corn based drink). That is how she gradually got her own customers. She moved to the house where she lives, and it has been working throughout this last season. Her sales have been going very well for her there, and she dreams of having it grow even more.

She is now applying for a Kiva loan, her first with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use the loan to buy supplies like oil, rice, sugar, and salt in greater quantities. With this cash purchase in greater volume she will get discounts. This will translate to meeting her customers’ needs of buying her products at a reasonable price.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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