A loan of $625 helped to buy dairy products, canned sausages, rice, oil and other grocery supplies.


Felix's story

Felix is 32 years old and works selling groceries. His main products are oil, rice, milk, sugar, cheese and sausages. Felix has worked in the grocery business since 1997, starting out in his family’s business in the city market, where he gained experience and learned from them. Felix managed to save enough to branch out on his own and start his own business, which he runs out of his home and where he is helped by his wife and children.

Everyone in the neighborhood knows Felix’s business so he is available from 7 in the morning to 7 in the evening to serve his customers who pay him in cash. He buys his stock in other Colombian cities where he finds good prices by buying in bulk.

Currently, his inventory cannot keep up with demand and he sells out quickly, which leaves him unable to sell to many of his customers. For this reason, he is requesting his first Kiva loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. He will use the loan to buy dairy products, canned sausages, rice, oil and other grocery supplies. His goal is to improve his business to increase sales and increase his market presence. In the next few years he plans to buy his own home for his family, and his biggest challenge is to have enough money to do it.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson



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