A loan of $625 helped to buy raw materials and ingredients for preparing foods, and shoes, which she has orders for.

Sandra's story

Sandra is married and lives in the city of Cartagena with her husband and three children, who are between the ages of 10 and 19 years old. She has been working with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo for 12 years, since she started out in the group solidarity programs, where she received two loans to strengthen her business of frozen foods and merchandise sales, especially shoes. She got the idea for her business from her mother-in-law when they moved to the city and she decided to sell rice pasteles [similar to a tamale]. When her mother-in-law left the business, Sandra took advantage of the situation and took on her mother-in-law’s customers. She continued that business and also added the frozen foods, which she still sells. For a while she was fighting an illness, but she has recuperated with time and now she is requesting a new loan strengthen her frozen foods business because she has a lot of orders but not enough working capital to respond to her customers. She also generates income through the sale of merchandise; she has orders for shoes and she needs to respond to new orders so she can capitalize more on her business. This is why she is requesting her first loan with Kiva. She will use it to buy raw materials and ingredients for preparing foods, and shoes, which she sells through specialized catalogs. She has some orders that came with discounts, which she will pass on to her customers so they will remain loyal.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day

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