A loan of $625 helped to buy beer.

Adriana Del Carmen's story

Adriana is 40 years old. She lives with her husband and two children, ages 17 and 19, in a very popular tourist spot. There she has her own business selling beer. She began this business nine years ago when her family moved to its current location from another neighborhood. Now they live very close to the Mallorquín swamp, an ecosystem that is very important to the sustainable development of the region and highly visited by tourists. Adriana bought a kiosk and began to sell beer from there. Little by little, she has been converting the kiosk into an inn to generate more income for her family.

Adriana and her husband rely on the equipment necessary to expand their business. They have 50 chairs, a PICK-UP or a very powerful sound system, and two coolers where they store drinks. Adriana works on holidays and weekends from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. She feels very supported by her family. Her goal is to diversify her menu and add food items, which her clients look forward to in the future.

Adriana is requesting this Kiva loan, which is her first loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She will use this loan to buy beer so she will be ready for the celebrations leading up to and during Carnival, when demand increases. During these four days the country's most incredible celebrations take place, including the colorful Carnival of Barranquilla, with much percussion music and a variety of traditional costumes from all over the world. Historical events are recreated and express the healthy, Caribbean, and joyful character of the Colombian village. It is a spectacular event for the region and many visitors from other countries and from all over Colombia come to enjoy it.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Craven

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