A loan of $600 helped to buy rice, salsa, fish, and vegetables.

Andrés's story

Andrés makes a living selling food in his home in the town of Soledad, where he lives with his wife and three children. His business began as a family tradition because he and his siblings learned food preparation and sales from their father, and now Andrés's children also work with him.

His main product is the famous "arroz de lisa" [rice with mullet fish] that's usually prepared on the Caribbean coast. The mullet is washed very well, cooked for 10 minutes in boiling salted water, then drained, dried, flaked, and deboned when it's no longer very hot. The mullet is heated in a pot with rice and "hogao" [or "sofrito," an aromatic mixture of tomato and onion]. When it begins to boil, water and salt and pepper are added until the rice is done and ready to serve piping hot, sprinkled with chopped parsley.

This delicious product for which Andrés is very well known has given him recognition in the area where he has his sales stall. His wife participates in the process from early in the morning so sales can start at 6 a.m. until 11 on the same day, from Monday through Sunday. His main customers are workers in the area who buy by the portion and who are increasing every day.

This is the reason he's requesting a Kiva loan, his first financing from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With it he'll buy rice, salsas, fish, and vegetables, the ingredients he uses to make his dish. He plans to buy in quantity to lower his purchase cost and earn a little more.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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