A loan of $650 helped to buy rice, sugar, milk products, coffee, and canned goods.

Marlon Jairo's story

Marlon, 32, sells fresh foods and groceries. He knows the market well and believes that, if he has more merchandise, his sales will increase. He needs capital to invest in and grow his business. So he has applied for his first Kiva loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. He will use the funds to buy rice, sugar, milk products, coffee, and canned goods, which are the most popular items and the ones he needs to have in stock to grow quickly.

Four years ago in 2008, the idea to start this business occurred to him after seeing how another family had managed to get ahead the same way. He followed the example, and the business has prospered under his management. He wants to keep growing. He works in the store every day form 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. He buys from granaries, where he is well-known and offered good prices. Daily, he tries to convince customers to shop at Marlon's. Since he is the owner, he doesn't have to pay rent, which means he has more income to help his family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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