A loan of $550 helped to buy rice, vegetable oil, coffee, sugar, grains, pastas, personal hygiene items detergent, etc.

Isabel Maria's story

Isabel is the mother of 2 children, aged 17 and 30. She lives with them in a town on the shore of the Caribbean. In 1995, when she accompanied a friend to buy varied merchandise to sell in another department of the Colombian Caribbean, she realized that it was a very good business and she started to sell groceries directly to the residents of the town where she lives. She does her business now on credit every day from 8 in the morning until 6 i the evening. She pays for her merchandise upfront in granaries and stores and warehouses in the department of La Guajira in northern Colombia. Her main customers are people she knows and retirees whom she has won over little by little, and with whom she has been able to grow her business. Her goal for the future is to open her locale to the public and remodel her store. Her biggest challenge is increasing sales. Right now she is applying for a Kiva loan, the first loan she has taken out with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With it, she will buy rice, sugar, grains, vegetable oil, etc. Her goal is to increase her sales and her profits, making her Kiva loan successful.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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