A loan of $325 helped to buy ice-cream and other frozen treats.

Octavio Eduardo's story

Octavio, 30, lives in the beautiful city of Barranquilla nicknamed “Curramba la Bella” with his spouse and three children, a one-year-old boy and two daughters who are 5 and 7 years of age respectively.

His business consists in selling ice-cream cones in various flavors and fruit. He transports them with a three-wheel cart selling in the streets and at various schools in the surrounding neighborhoods morning and afternoon. He sells these products for cash and he also buys them for cash from a local ice-cream factory. His main customers are children who very much enjoy these products.

He relates that he came to the city 12 years ago and started working carrying bundles in the local wholesale food and grocery market for stores. While doing that work a neighbor pointed out that the ice-cream business was profitable so he decided to go into it. He started the business in 2007, that is six years ago.

This is his first Kiva loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and he will use it to buy ice-cream cones and ice-cream. His goals and hopes are the following: As to the business, to have two more three-wheeled carts to put them to work with other people and to acquire a house of his own for his family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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