A loan of $600 helped to buy wholesale sauces and supplies.

Mariela Isabel's story

Mariela is 48 and lives in Soledad, a neighborhood in the city of Barranquilla. Here she started her business, selling prepared food, 14 years ago when she noticed the demand for fast food. Since the area is very busy, she rented a hot dog cart to get started. Today her main items are hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, fritters, and others. She conducts business Tuesday through Sunday from 5 pm until midnight, or later as necessary. She purchases sauces from distributors in cash every day.

She is applying for a Kiva loan to buy wholesale sauces and supplies to prepare her food and to buy a hot dog cart so that she will not have to pay daily rent. Her loan will be successful because it is the best selling season of the year and she will have her own cart.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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