A loan of $850 helped to buy supplies like bread, tomato sauce, mayonnaise, and mustard.

Edgar Manuel's story

39-year-old Edgar lives with his wife and his two children, who are 1 and 12 years old, in Galapa; a place known as a creative town for craftsmen of baskets and masks, in addition to having a large rancher population. Currently, they are carrying out large scale construction in the industrial areas and it is the location for one of the greatest town fairs, which at the moment encourages Edgar who sells fast food at a strategic spot where for three years he has managed to maintain good prices and stock with which he makes his offering each day. Before starting his own business he was an administrator in a similar business in the city of Barranquilla. Little by little he raised money and had the opportunity to take advantage of his experience and begin his own generator of income. Today, he is known in the town of Galapa for delicious hotdogs, hamburgers, pizza, and salchipapas (a kind of kebab) that he makes with the best sauces, which he prepares himself.

Today he is applying for a Kiva loan, his first financing through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which he will increase the size of his purchases of supplies like bread, tomato sauce, mayonnaise, and mustard, getting him better discounts at a time when sales increase in response to the carnivals. This is what makes sure the investment will be opportune and very successful. His larger goal is to buy a restaurant space and acquire a new position that will generate new income and greater reputation in the plaza.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Sawyer

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