A loan of $625 helped purchase supplies for her restaurant, plastic tables and chairs, soda, and disposable containers in order to offer home delivery.


Leonora's story

Leonora is 40 and lives with her three children, ages 14 to 26. They live in the city Cartagena de Indias, which has developed as an urban area while still conserving its historic center and has become one of the most important ports in Colombia, the Caribbean, and the world. It is also a popular tourist destination. There in the sunny ocean-side environment Leonara runs a restaurant. She began this business three years ago selling food on weekends. She took advantage of families who wanted to take a break from preparing food, so she started selling lunches and dinners on the terrace of her house. Her customer base rapidly grew, and she began adding dishes to her menu focusing on well-prepared traditional regional dishes. She does the cooking in the morning, while her son deals with the customers during the day. She makes her purchases daily in precise quantities, and she also keeps records of her sales every day. Currently she is applying for her first loan from Kiva and the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation. She will use the loan to purchase supplies to make food, plastic tables and chairs, sodas, and disposable containers so that she can offer home delivery. With her loan from Kiva she will be able to provide better service to her clientele, which will build loyalty and help her maintain her position in the marketplace.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patrick King



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