A loan of $575 helped to stock up her business with soft drinks and beer.

Andrea's story

57-year-old Andrea is a married woman who owns a business where she sells refreshments. She also makes corncob rolls: corn batter wrapped in leaves of the same plant, prepared with the most tender and natural corn, known only to Andrea, and mixed with cheese, aniseed, etc. Through her business she has been able to support her family, which is comprised by her husband and her five children aged 36 to 44, all accomplished professionals. Although Andrea began with a small start-up business, today she makes higher sales because the business has grown larger and stronger every day. In her business, she distributes refreshments and beverages such as beer in larger quantities to stores, businesses and people who sell her products. She's currently getting ready for her busiest time, the carnival, and she's applying for a credikiva, her first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With it she will stock up her business with soft drinks and beer in order for her customers - the grocery stores and the independent ones - to buy from her in larger quantities. She's preparing herself for making her highest sales of the year. Her goal is to eventually own an eatery with a lot of employees, so that they too can get an income like she did, which allowed her to provide for her family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff

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