A loan of $625 helped to buy groceries to restock her store.

Candelaria's story

Candelaria lives with her partner and their three children who are between the ages of 7 and 12 years old in the city of Bicentenario. They live in a housing development that is supported by the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, which supports the construction of sustainable communities. Candelaria was given a place to live in this community by the Colombian government because she was displaced from the home she was living in. Before she was given her home she had many needs, so when she became a beneficiary of this project, she didn't hesitate to sell all of her household furnishings and with the profits opened a small store with basic food necessities for a family. Little by little her small store has turned into an income generator, which she is now able to support her family with. Her goal is to be able to provide her children with a good education so that they will have a better future. This is why she works persistently to achieve her goal.

She is currently applying for her first loan through the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, which is a Kiva loan. She will use the loan to buy groceries for her business and increase her capital. Her kiva loan project will be successful because it will increase her ability to buy in large quantities, and by doing so obtain special discounts and sell much more than the is usually able to sell when working only with her own capital.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tricia Kell

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