A loan of $925 helped to buy supplies for her restaurant in larger quantities.


Maritza's story

Maritza has had a restaurant for 35 years, where she sells both comida corriente [a daily set menu] and a la carte. She also sells bollos de mazorca, which are rolls of corn dough that are wrapped in husks, steamed and served with shredded cheese. Maritza received the restaurant from her mother, who asked her to look after it while she took some time off. Since that time, Maritza has not stopped.

Maritza’s restaurant is located in her own home, and it is open every day from six in the morning until three in the afternoon. She makes her sales in cash and on credit, and she buys what she needs in cash at wholesale warehouses in the municipality of Puerto Colombia, which is on the edge of the Caribbean Sea.

Maritza’s goal for the future is to separate the restaurant from her home and remodel her house to make it more relaxing and comfortable for her family.

Maritza currently has a contract to provide lunches, which has improved her income and brought her new customers. She says that she is applying for a Kiva loan because her ability to purchase supplies is less than what she needs. Maritza will use this loan to buy supplies in larger quantities so that she can meet the increased demand of her new customers. She says that she will make the most of her Kiva loan to increase her sales and her profit.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson



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