A loan of $625 helped to buy supplies like paper, ink and a supply of confections.

Ofir's story

Ofir, 39, is the owner of an internet cafe, where she offers communication services, including: mobile phone minutes; local, domestic, and international phone calls; photocopies; and confection sales. She started this business seven years ago selling minutes on the terrace of her house, with a pair of borrowed cell phones. Little by little, with the support of her mother and a lot of discipline, she has been adding other services like photocopying, internet, and sweets. Today she has five computers, a suitable location, nine cell phones plans, photocopiers, top up service and a lot of demand for her services.

Her facilities are open to the public from seven in the morning until nine at night from Monday to Sunday. She buys her supplies in cash and pays her communication bills monthly. Her main customers are her neighbors, students at nearby schools, passers-by, and visitors to the neighborhood, who are tourists that come to enjoy the delicious seafood dishes in nearby pubs. Her Kiva loan is the second one that Fundación Mario Santo Domingo makes, through which she will buy supplies like paper, ink, and a supply of sweets that her customers like, which she will display in her shop window.

With her previous loan, she bought computer equipment with which she strengthened her business. Her goal is to be able to have her own house to add to the well-being of her family, formed by her spouse and her two children, ages 19 and 23.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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