A loan of $600 helped to buy snacks, chocolates, ice cream treats and chicha.

Ceina's story

Ceína, 34, lives with her spouse and their three children, aged between 12 and 16 years old. Eight years ago, Ceína made a living preparing lunches that she sold, but she got sick and it was medically necessary for her to stop doing it. For that reason, years after regaining her health, she started a service that allowed her to continue generating income and at the same time attend to her children.

This was how she ended up investing a small amount of capital in sweet tropical fruits, to be sold from her own home, little by little adding corn chicha beverages, snacks, tropical frozen sodas and cookies made by herself and her mother, which she prepares from a base of unrefined whole cane sugar.

She makes her sales in cash and her market is her neighbors. Previously, she had received a loan from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which she bought a freezer for the storage of frozen goods such as ice and ice cream products. She is currently applying for a Kiva loan, with which she will buy snacks, chocolates, ice cream products and chicha in larger volumes in order to strengthen her sales and raise her working capital. Her goal, then, is to achieve an increase in her profits and in the future, adapt the space where she has her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jamie Schau

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