A loan of $650 helped to buy supplies for her food business.

Blanca Elena's story

Blanca, 42, operates a small food business, making and selling "cholaos", a kind of fruit cocktail popular in the Cauca Valley region, that she makes with crushed ice, tropical fruits, cream, condensed milk and peanuts. She has slowly grown the business over several years and now has 3 food stalls in Barranquilla, a city known for soft breezes, sun and a people as warm as the region's climate. Blanca's three children, who range in age from 17- to 22-years old, have helped her make the business a success. Blanca is applying to Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo for a Kiva loan that she will use to buy the supplies she needs--milk, a blender, tableware and glass containers--to operate her business. For the future, she tells us that she wants to add fruit juices to her menu. She can make the juices from tropical fruits that are native to this area. Her biggest challenge, she says, is growing her business to parts of the city where she's not now known.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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