A loan of $775 helped to purchase supplies, cash wholesale, for making hot dogs, hamburgers, salchipapas (fried hot dogs and potatoes), lunches and also to purchase beer and a refrigerator.


Rafael's story

Rafael is a young man who is 18 years old. He lives in Soledad, a municipality of the Colombian department of Atlántico. Soledad is nationally recognized as the cradle in the country of “butifarra,” a sausage of Catalan origin, which is one of the culinary emblems of the Caribbean coast. He lives with his parents. His business activity is making and selling fast food and lunches and also beer sales. In 2009, or 4 years ago, he started this business and since he was a child his parents taught him to work to earn a living. Currently he is studying marketing and sales at an educational institution of a technical nature. He buys with cash in the central market of the city of Barranquilla the supplies for making his products and the beers he buys directly from the truck. He sells for cash to neighbors, friends and occasional customers, from 4:00 in the afternoon to 12:00 midnight on weekends, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

This is his first Kiva loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, which he will apply to the purchase of supplies, cash wholesale, for making hot dogs, hamburgers, salchipapas (fried hot dogs and potatoes), lunches and also to purchase beer and a refrigerator. With this investment he hopes to strengthen in his business his working capital and other assets and in regard to his personal life to graduate in his marketing studies.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Melanie Snellings



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