A loan of $825 helped to buy drinks, supplies and food.

Eduardo Rafael's story

Eduardo is 53 years old and has a corner shop in Barranquilla, where he lives with his partner and three children (aged between 13 and 23 years old). Eduardo has 20 years experience in this business, having started it when he noticed that premises that had previously housed a shop had become vacant. He opened the shop and decided to sell food, supplies and basic staple goods, including miscellaneous products to attract attention. This brought in not just mothers but also young people and children looking for presents for their friends. Customers can buy on credit. Eduardo's dream is to progress with his business and to give his children a good education that will allow them to be successful in life. Eduardo has received two loans from the "Fundación Mario Santo Domingo", which he has used to buy drinks, supplies and food to replace the products in the shop which have the highest turnover. With good stock to satisfy customers' needs, Eduardo can generate more and more profits which will benefit his family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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