A loan of $625 helped to purchase flour, cheese, fried meat, oil, salsas, an oven, and other ingredients.

Leonor Cecilia's story

Leonor is 48 years old and lives in the beautiful city of Barranquilla in the Atlantico department, which is known nationally as Curramba la Bella. She lives with her husband, with whom she has five children (4 boys and a girl), who are 18, 21, 22, 27, and 30 years old. Her husband works repairing bicycles.

She works making fried cheese sticks, sausages, skewered meat, and soft drinks for consumption. She sells them in a strategic area of the neighborhood where many people pass by. It is a popular corner called La Redonda. This area is practically in the center of three neighborhoods since they come together there, and there are many stores nearby, which makes it a place many people have to walk by. Leonor started her business in 1993, so it has been open for 20 years. She says she learned from her parents, who had a bakery, and she also learned to make cookies. Her busines is open every day from 8:00am until 9:00pm. She accepts cash and buys all of her supplies at the central market in the city.

This is her first Kiva loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. She is requesting the loan to purchase flour, cheese, fried meat, oil, salsas, an oven, and other ingredients necessary to make fried cheese sticks, sausage, skewered meat, and cookies. Her goal is to continue growing her business so she can continue supporting the education of her younger children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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