A loan of $550 helped to buy supplies like flour, eggs, corn, and meats to make fried foods and hot dogs.


Oscar Armando's story

Oscar, 19, lives in the beautiful city of Barranquilla in the department of Atlántico, also known nationally as “Curramba La Bella.” He is single and lives with his parents. He operates a business, making and selling fast foods like empanadas, corn flatbreads, fried dough balls, hot dogs, and rice drinks. He sells his food to neighbors and pedestrians, who pay in cash. His business is open every day from 6 AM until 9 PM. His mother helps prepare the food. He pays cash for his supplies to local farmers and merchants in the city's central market. His father gave him the business a year ago when he went to work for a company. This is his first Kiva loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. He will use the loan to buy supplies like flour, eggs, corn, and meats. This loan will let him increase his income by buying wholesale supplies once a week, instead of three times a week, which made costs and expenses higher. His goals are: 1) to offer more grilled items and be more competitive in the area; and 2) to buy a house in the neighborhood.

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