A loan of $625 helped to buy season fruit and packaged food items.

Amaris Del Carmen's story

Amarís, 53, sells fruit and packaged food items, or snacks, called “mecatos.” She’s noticed in her usual offer of products that she needs to stock up this season with a wider variety of them so that her sales will increase but it’s not easy to have all the cash needed to increase her inventory which is why she’s calling on a Kiva loan, her first financing with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, to buy seasonal fruit and packaged food items like potatoes, Cheetos, cheese puffs, etc.

Her business started years ago when she wanted to be independent and her daughter was six-years-old. She increased income for her home consisting of her husband and daughter who today is 33 years of age. She sells directly to the final consumer and her sales are cash. She works every day for 8 hours daily. Her main market is students from nearby schools and local neighbors who buy from her thus supporting her income. Her dream of owning a house leads Amarís to work persistently to expand the business in order to reach this goal which is her great challenge for now.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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