A loan of $475 helped to purchase cheese and meat in bulk.

Emperatriz's story

Emperatriz is 43 years old and sells cheese and beef in the community of Soledad, 20 minutes from the city of Barranquilla. She lives there with her husband and three children ages 11 to 23.

In 1987 Emperatriz began to sell cheese to a store in the community of San Antonio and it went so well that she generated her own income. Because of this, when her family moved to Barranquilla in 1992, she began this same activity among her neighbors. Over time she built her customer base with stores and grocers that still buy from her today.

Recently Emperatriz has been incorporating beef into her business. This has opened to her a new market based on the customers that purchase cheese from her, which she brings from the region of Magdalena. Her dream is to acquire her own dwelling and she works every day to achieve this.

Her business and potential for customers have grown so Emperatriz is requesting this loan, her first with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With the loan she will purchase cheese and meat in bulk, which will increase her volume of sales and thus increase her profits. She envisions her investment project as successful because it is based not only on her experience, but also on a customer base that as of now has already made requests.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Helvestine

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