A loan of $350 helped to buy wholesale supplies of maize, cooking oil, etc. for her food business.

Kimberlis's story

Kimberlis and her husband have one child, a 3-year old boy. They live in the Colombian city of Barranquilla. Kimberlis operates a business making and selling fried snacks. She started the business because she needed a way to support her family. She starts her days early, working Mondays to Sundays, and she tells us that weekends and holidays are especially busy because there are more people around those days. Her goal for the future is to grow her business and then open a restaurant. Her sales are increasing by the day but she doesn't have enough working capital to expand further. She is applying to Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo and Kiva for a loan that she will use to buy wholesale supplies of maize, cooking oil and everything else that she needs to oeprate her business. The investment will allow her to buy what she needs for less than she would otherwise have to pay and avoid ever-rising prices. The savings will go to her rather than her suppliers. That's the power of Kiva loans and why this loan will be successful.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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