A loan of $1,400 helped to buy supplies, raw materials, a heating display case and a tent.

Hernando Gabriel's story

Hernando, 37, lives with his spouse and three children whose ages range from three months to 8 years. In his five years’ experience working in his restaurant he’s managed to generate income to improve his home’s wellbeing all the time. Because there was no competition in his area selling food he noticed that this was an opportunity for him and taking advantage of the tasty way his mother prepares food he decided on a business venture that he’s done quite well in; today, he’s very well known in the sector.

His clientele’s favorite dishes are precisely the ones he sells. He customizes his offers to his customers’ daily preferences. His usual customers are construction workers, passersby and local neighbors who request the delicious “sancochos trifásicos” [stew made with three different kinds of meat] which is his star item. He also sells breakfasts, snacks, frozen treats and “pasteles” (rice-based dough filled with meat and/or chicken and/or pork and vegetables cooked wrapped in tied bijao leaves).

His clientele grows more every day so his usual working capital is insufficient to buy in volume which is why he’s calling on a Kiva loan, his first financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to buy supplies and raw materials to increase his volume of products. He will also buy a heating display case and a tent to protect from the incessant Caribbean heat and rain and provide a more comfortable environment for his customers when then come to his business which is his business’ reason for being.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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