A loan of $825 helped to buy cheese, “bollos”, whey, biscuits and a bull.


Bernardo's story

Bernardo is a 61-year-old man who comes from Santa Cruz de Mompox, a beautiful municipality located on the banks of the Magdalena River. He was born in a family of stockbreeders, and at the age of 17 he moved with them in the town Barranquilla. In order not to lose connection with his native village, he started his own activity understanding intuitively the needs of a market segment and, thanks to his own experience in the field he succeeded in finding the way to acquire excellent quality food produced in Santa Cruz de Mompox, to finally bringing to Barranquilla basic necessities products to sell them to customers who were requesting them and who turned to Bernardo because of what he offered, He started his activity selling at first whey, cheese and corn 'bollos' (corn and cheese-based wraps) to his friends and neighbors. Little by little, the good impact of the quality of the products he sold has allowed him to gain established customers and to make a good name for himself in the market. In this way, he has succeeded in earning a working capital that he invests in his activity, supporting his household though his profits. He has even succeeded in entering the cattle market buying and selling it in the municipality he was born in. He has recently noticed that his working capital is not enough to face the growing requests and his need to strengthen the cattle activity: this is why has requested a loan that he will use to buy cheese, “bollos”, whey, biscuits and a bull. This is the second loan he has asked to the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, the first having been used to increase his liquidity, his sales and his profits, as well as to finish building the second floor of his house. This makes his feel satisfied with himself and with great desire to keep on working to increase his standard of living and to achieve his dreams of success.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa



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