A loan of $1,100 helped to buy a two-door freezer and a larger volume of chicken and meat.

Consuelo's story

Consuelo, 32, lives with her husband and two children, ages 14 and 15, in the city of Cartagena de Indias. There she earns a living selling meat in a small infrastructure that she would like to improve in order to be able to reach a greater number of customers. Her experience dates back 6 years to when, taking advantage of her husband working in a company dedicated to raising and selling chickens, she decided to start her own business venture. Today her principal products are beef, chicken, and cold cuts, which she sells whole or by the pound, on credit or for cash, depending on the customer. Her principal buyers are the residents of her neighborhood and the largest volume of sales is usually in the month of December during the festivities that take place in the city, such as carnival parties, religious celebrations, etc.

Currently Christmas and the New Year’s holidays are approaching so the demand has increased while her working capital is too diminished to buy a freezer that will permit her to store a larger volume of meat products in optimum conditions and to respond to the increase in her orders during the periods when sales rise. This is the principal reason for acquiring a Kiva loan, her second through the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will buy a freezer with two doors and a larger volume of chickens and meats. By having her products well stored and consistently available, she hopes to increase her earnings and finally realize her dream of having her own home. She is already saving for the down payment to start fulfilling her dream.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mallie Al-Khafaji

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