A loan of $300 helped to buy ingredients.

Maria's story

María is 29 years old and lives with her husband and two children, ages 15 and 3, in a town very near Barranquilla, where she makes desserts, pudding, cookies, brownies, and cheese straws, sealed in Icopar containers and covered with a special type of plastic. She began this business in 2010 and it generates an income that benefits her household. She had taken a course where she learned how to prepare these items and a year later decided to begin her own entrepreneurial venture. Little by little she has been growing and consolidating her domestic market. She sells for cash from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm and fills orders for neighbors, other companies who place orders with her, and small businesses from the sector.
Her suppliers offer her discounts if she buys her supplies, such as wheat flower, in bulk. She passes her saving onto her customers and keeps them happy so that they will return to buy more. She is asking for a Kiva loan, through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, to buy wheat flour, and dessert-making supplies. Since November she has been taking orders from families who want to celebrate Christmas and New Year with sandwiches, pastries, and desserts. María wants to be able to fill these orders with the products she makes with her own hands and tickle the taste buds of those who buy them and share her love of delicious puddings, desserts, etc. over these lovely December festivities and traditions. During this time her number of customers and income will increase.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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