A loan of $800 helped to purchase cold meats, desserts, and a variety of merchandise.

Joselin's story

Joselin is a 41-year-old woman who lives with her spouse and their 2 children in the municipality of Soledad, very close to the city of Baranquilla. There, she has worked for the past 2 years selling cold meat, a business that she began in the month of November in 2012 when, motivated to help her husband in supporting the well-being of their household, she took advantage of her mother's trips to a neighboring country that she would bring various merchandise to Colombia such as shoes, sheets, sandals, etc. Later, with a set customer base, she began to sell sausages, bologna, small sausages, homemade chorizo, etc. She currently makes her sales on credit, working from 8 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon, through the credit system, and her customers pay her every two weeks. Joselin purchases directly from the food producers and sells to workers, neighbors, friends, family members, and people who have been referred to her, since they know the quality of her products. At the moment, she is applying for a Kiva loan, the first loan that she has taken from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which she will purchase cold meat, desserts, and a variety of merchandise, at a larger volume than she usually does. With all of this, Joselin will use the capital to improve her business and, in the future, undertake her business in a retail space, always supporting the quality education of her children, who are now 17 and 18 years old.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Wendy Harris

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