A loan of $650 helped to upgrade her computers and buy new components for the equipment in her internet cafe.

Yessica's story

Yessica, 19 years old, lives very near the sea, giving her the air of a Caribbean woman, youthful, happy, tropical, radiant and enterprising. After she completed high school, it was difficult to continue her studies so she began looking for employment in various enterprises. When she couldn't find work, Yessica decided to start her own business in her native Puerto Colombia and, today, she wants to make the business grow. Yessica is the proprietor of an internet cafe which she began with 2 computers and gradually, with her work discipline, she now has 5, plus the necessary clientele. Each day her cafe grows a little more.

Yessica's main challenge is to put together sufficient working capital to provide the impulse required to fulfill her growth expectations. Her goal for the future is to have sufficient infrastructure so that her customers can be comfortable in their privacy and not feel the incessant Caribbean heat in her cafe, which can be achieved, little by little, with the acquisition of an air conditioner and individual cubicles.

Now Yessica is applying for a 'credikiva' (Kiva loan), her 1st financing through the Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo. She needs this to put her dream into action, beginning by upgrading her computers and buying new components for her equipment. This will initiate Yessica's grand commercial proposition, allowing her to improve service quality in the future. We expect this investment to result in the expected success, as Yessica pursues growth step by step with much discipline.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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