A loan of $500 helped to buy fruit, vegetables, and flour in larger quantities.

Sixta's story

Sixta is the mother of 3 children, between 19 and 27 years old. Every day from Monday through Friday, she leaves her house at 7 in the morning and sets up in the doorway of an important business to offer its employees cheese sticks, empanadas, sandwiches, natural juices, arepas, and all kinds of food that her customers usually buy for breakfast. The idea for the business was born because her nephew had this business, but he found a regular job and offered it to Sixta. She took it over 4 years ago and so far it has gone well for her. Sixta stores her products in a plastic basket that she uses to transport them to sell to the workers with a short term credit of two weeks, when they get their paychecks. Other customers also pay her up front, but usually her strength is being able to sell on credit. Sixta also has another sales point where she works all week. It is located very close to her house and there she sells products made from wheat flour. Right now, she is applying for a Kiva loan, the first loan she has taken out with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With it, she will buy fruit, vegetables, and flour in larger quantities to increase her production for her customers, because her clientele has grown and she needs to offer more diverse products for consumption. Her goal is to have more working capital to be able to buy in larger quantities in order to obtain discounts. This is just what she will do with her Kiva loan. With it, she hopes to have more success with her profits because her dream is to put a second floor on her house and improve its facilities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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