A loan of $1,275 helped to buy wheat flour, corn, soda and cheese.

Deyanira's story

In the city of Cartagena, 62 year old Deyanira prepares frozen foods and sells soda in her home. She began six years ago, when she started learning how to make cheese fingers. Later, she added empanadas and other frozen goods to her repertoire, as well as soda and the traditional drink of chicha. Her main customers are her neighbors and people from other areas who buy items from her in cash and often on short-term credit.

Today, she is applying for a loan from Kiva, her second from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, which she will use to buy wheat flour, corn, soda and cheese. She used her previous loan to improve the presentation of her food and increase sales, which in turn, increased her profits. Her goal is to continue growing and target the trader and events venue markets, as well as children's homes. Deyanira lives with her husband and has three grown-up children who she hopes will always be prosperous.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chloe Pilpel

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