A loan of $850 helped to purchase cases of refreshments and soft drinks in greater volumes.

Mónica's story

Monica, 33, lives in the city of Cartagena de Indias, which has developed its urban area, preserved its history and is becoming one of the most important ports in Colombia, the Caribbean and the world, as well as a popular tourist destination. Monica lives in this sunny environment with a beach and sea breeze, with her ​​5 children aged 3 to 16 years who are her motivation in her daily work.

Monica works from home selling soft drinks and varied merchandise in accordance with customer requirements. She started her business after separating from her husband 2 years ago, and decided to take care of her family with her income. She works hard to succeed and increase their wellbeing each day. Monica's business has done very well and she is thankful to God because she managed to save up for the down payment to purchase her home.

Her goal is to increase her working capital so that she can explore markets that she has not yet managed to. Monica has applied for her second credikiva with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which she will buy cases of soft drinks and refreshments in greater volumes. This will enable her to maintain an inventory in order to respond to her clients with well-chilled products, and increase her client base.

Monica is very grateful for the previous loan granted by Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, because she managed to purchase her own home in the social housing macroproject Ciudad Bicentenario (Bicentennial City), where she and her family feel more comfortable. Her main challenge now is to earn sufficient working capital to achieve many of her entrepreneurial dreams, which is what she hopes to gradually achieve through consecutive credikivas.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Fiona Craig

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