A loan of $300 helped to buy raw materials and ingredients such as corn, cheese, and oil, since he plans to increase his sales of rolls, cheese turnovers, and empanadas.


Jose Luis's story

José, at the age of 22, is an expert at making "bollos limpios," a typical dish of Caribbean Colombia. It is a food of indigenous origin based on a cornmeal dough wrapped in leaves of this same vegetable, which are cooked or boiled in water. The result is a very healthful food. This business is part of the tradition of his mother, who worked for 15 years from the patio of her home to produce them for restaurants, stores, and other small businesses. José has always helped his mother in the sale of fritters and bollos, both accompaniments of the preferred foods of families at breakfast time and during dinner. Some time ago he had to take over the business himself, since his mother became sick. Now he has the daily goal of generating enough income to sustain the family, as well as studying and becoming a good professional. His dream is to make his microbusiness grow and generate more income every day, but his working capital is insufficient to broach new markets, which is his greatest challenge. This is why he has turned to a Kiva loan, the first financing that he has had with Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, with which he will buy raw materials and ingredients such as corn, cheese, and oil, since he plans to increase his sales of bollos, cheese turnovers, and empanadas, opening new markets in which he can obtain regular customers. With his Kiva loan he plans to multiply his investment as well as achieve his dream of prosperity, which he won't abandon for even an instant.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry



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