A loan of $625 helped to purchase a microwave oven, a marquee, and three sets of chairs.

John Jairo's story

John Jairo is 26 and lives in Ciudad Bicentenario, a public housing macro-development project which is supported by Fundación Mario Santo Domingo as part of their process of building sustainable communities in the city of Cartagena.
John started his own business venture because he needed to generate income. He began selling fast food four years ago, and offers delicious fast foods, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, and any combination of meat, potatoes, chorizo etc. served with sauces he prepares himself. At his food stall, meals are made to order, that is, whenever the customer arrives to make a purchase. He works from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am, or until there are no customers left or he runs out of ingredients. His customer base resides in the same sector where he lives.
His goal is to stimulate sales day by day. That is why he has approached Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, so that he may access a Kiva loan, requesting financing from this organization for the first time. He will use it to purchase a microwave oven, a marquee, and three sets of chairs, which will make his customers more comfortable and his productivity more efficient. That is precisely the success he expects from his investment, that sooner or later it will cause his customer base to increase and he will make a lot more money.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis

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