A loan of $625 helped to buy different tropical flavors and change the parasol.

Ismael's story

Ismael, 43, is dedicated to his soft-drink business which is called "Raspao" and located on the Caribbean Coast. His drink consists of crushed ice (raspao) in a cup with flavoring and condensed milk. He offers populars flavors such as strawberry, lime, lemon, tamarind and cola. He generates enough income to support his family which is comprised of his wife and eight children, in ages ranging from 5 to 23. He has been in business for 15 years, taking advantage of customer thirst under the hot son of the Colombian Caribbean.

His business initiative began after working for a company and being let go. He bought a cart to sell his own products, choosing the most usual thing found in the streets of the city. He sells every day in a busy commercial district, where he is located eight hours. His main customers are the students who buy from him.

His goal for the future is for his children to become professionals. Also, obtaining more capital to give his cart a better image in Caribbean style. Now he is requesting a CrediKiva loan to buy different tropical flavors, and to change his parasol to improve corporate image and attract more customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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