A loan of $650 helped to buy provisions to increase her inventory.

Rosario's story

Rosario, 45, lives in Puerto Colombia, a town in the Atlantic state very close to the sea. There on the warm shore and constant breeze she has her store named after what she feels there - Brisas [breezes] - which are a result of the famous trade winds. She's been running her business since she arrived in this area from Pinchote in the state of Santander; she came seeking better horizons and originally relocated with her family to the city of Santa Marta, where they worked in a store. Ultimately, they wound up in Barranquilla doing the same work, but there they made it a liquor store. With their profits they had an opportunity to buy a store and retrofit it so they could live there with their two children, who are now 19 and 23 years old. Rosario is happy to live in Puerto Colombia because she likes the ways of the coastal people - uncomplicated and happy - but she hasn't forgotten the lush, mountainous countrysides of her homeland. Her goal is to increase her business until she can make it self-service, but she doesn't have enough capital to make her dream a reality. For that reason she is accessing a Kiva loan, her first through the Mario Santo Domingo Foundaiton. She will use it to buy provisions to increase her inventory and have a greater variety of products. The experience and work ethic of this Santander native will be the keys to the success of this investment.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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