A loan of $1,125 helped to buy a new display case, a refrigerator, raw materials and supplies.

Erivaldo's story

Erivaldo, 42, has a bakery in the municipality of Puerto Colombia, a place on the seashore. He has 14 years’ experience having learned the occupation from his brother. When he lived in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, he honed his skills and when he opened his own business in his birthplace, Puerto Colombia, he put them to use. Erivaldo also worked in his father’s store and this was more commercial experience that helped him when it came time to open his bakery. He supplies local stores with his production since his business style is to sell to middlemen; he plans, however, to move into a locale where he will be able to sell directly to the final consumer.

His Kiva loan is the first financing he’s had from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and he’ll use it to buy a new display case, a refrigerator, raw materials and supplies to start toward the goal of selling direct to the public that knows him. His hope for later on is to turn his business into a self-serve and to increase the variety of basic staple items. While this occurs, Erivaldo works persistently to attain wellbeing for his family which consists of his wife and 14-year-old son. He has many dreams of prosperity for him framed by his schooling so that he will become a successful person.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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