A loan of $1,200 helped to buy ingredients to prepare food, beverages and fresh drinks.

Denis's story

Denis is 40 years old and a very hardworking woman who has a family restaurant and tavern, which generates income that goes towards supporting her 3 sons, aged 15 to 21. Her business is located near a Colombian professional football stadium, which is the home stadium of Junior, the team of the city of Barranquilla. She sells ordinary meals from 6 am to 3 pm. From Monday to Friday, her customers are mainly people from the neighbourhood, passersby and construction workers, who buy with ready cash or have a tab. On weekends, her locale becomes a family tavern, where she sells beers and other alcohol to this neighbourhood clientele, which has been built over the years. They know her by now and they frequent her establishment more and more. This growing demand in her market is proving to be to much for Denis's resources: she cannot match the needs of her customers and thus asks for a Kiva loan, which is her first loan with field partner Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use the funds to buy ingredients to prepare food, beverages and fresh drinks in order to be ready for the coming festivities, such as Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Secretary's Day. With the loan, she will be able to buy more supplies, make larger stocks of the products that are the most in demand, and increase her working capital. This is what Denis needs to slowly see her dream of advancing in life come true, since she owns a house, a car and a small business with which to continue improving her life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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