A loan of $350 helped to buy larger amounts of seasonal fruit.

Marlen's story

When Marlen’s husband lost his job in a firm he looked for alternatives for generating income and found the possibility of working with his wife in a very busy spot located across from one of the city’s most important cemeteries near a very well-known main avenue in Barranquilla. He stared a business there selling natural fruit juices in a cart located in the park where now Marlen and her husband take turns to meet the large customer demand because they work extended schedules from 6 in the morning until 7 at night or sometimes even later if it’s during the famous adult soccer tournaments.

Marlen makes the delicious natural juices taking advantage of each fruit’s season so that anyone approaching under the relentless sun in the city can consume mango, banana, tomato, sapote, loquat and orange juice among the delicious Colombian fruits that nature provides daily in this region.

Marlen is currently applying for a Kiva loan, her first financing with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, because she wants to buy larger amounts of new seasonal fruit like grapes in addition to those she usually buys getting ready for the end of year festivities and offering grapes to her customers that are used for the traditional celebration at the end of the year when the custom is for each family member to eat twelve grapes before midnight on December 31st. This is a moment when women and men hug and kiss, sing and share toasts full of happiness asking God for their greatest wish for the New Year.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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