A loan of $600 helped to buy ingredients, chairs, tables, and kitchen items.


Maribel's story

Maribel, 40, lives in the city of Cartagena with her three children, ages 9 to 20, whom she dreams of becoming successful. She works conscientiously preparing lunch to earn income to achieve her family's well-being. She began her business 15 years ago based on experience she got from her family, who made a living in this type of work. She makes her sales in cash and sometimes on credit, working from 6 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. She makes her purchases in cash in the city market, where she frequently finds sales for buying in bulk. Her main customers are the drivers of city buses and tractor trailers. Her clientele is increasing now and she doesn't have sufficient working capital to be able to respond to her customers as she would like, to continue cultivating their loyalty. This is why she's asking for a Kiva loan, her first financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which she'll buy raw materials wholesale, chairs, tables, and kitchen items. Her goal is to achieve an effective and productive process for providing a service with which the customers feel comfortable and return to buy from her, because for Maribel, all of this is profits.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall



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