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Luis Aurelio
Luis Aurelio G. is 44 years old and lives in the Los Laureles neighborhood of Barranquilla. He lives with his wife and their two children, ages 17 and 10, who are in school and whom he wants to see be successful. Every morning Luis takes his motorcycle to a bakery in the south of the city where he buys bread and drives through all of Barranquilla, north, south, east and west, to distribute the products store to store, which are his best and most faithful customers. Before becoming involved in this business in the year 2000, he worked at a company cleaning and painting boats. He learned of the bread distributing business from his brother, who then had a bakery, and he liked it because the work was comfortable aside from the traffic that he has to confront day to day. He covers all the neighborhoods of Barranquilla, from the Simón Bolívar neighborhood in the south to the beach in the north. With the business he has been able to gradually increase his income because his has expanded his merchandise, and each storekeeper recommends him for his punctuality. His work has made it possible for his children to get an education and gives the family income to cover basic necessities. Along with being a distributor, he dreams of having a bakery with many vendors, so other honest people like him can make money to provide for their households, and that would increase the profitability of his current business as well. Luis is applying for a loan in order to purchase baskets to attach to his vehicle so he can have more space to include new products and to start up a line of sliced breads to expand his product reach, especially to restaurants and house events. Currently he is facing the challenge of the transit department regulating baskets on bikes, and he is looking for a solution that would enable him to work with less risk. For this reason, his goal is to purchase a vehicle better suited to his goals and requirements so he can extend his business to all the people of the region and every day expand his business that has provided him with the opportunity to live with dignity.
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Luis Aurelio G. tiene 44 años de edad y vive en el barrio Los Laureles de Barranquilla, vive en con su esposa y tiene dos hijos de 17 y 10 años de edad que estudian y a los que quiere sacar adelante. Todas las mañanas toma su moto y se dirige a una panadería en el sur de la ciudad donde compra panes y recorre toda Barranquilla de Norte a sur y de oriente a occidente para distribuirlos de tienda en tienda, que son sus mejores y más fieles clientes.

Antes de incursionar en este negocio, trabajaba en una empresa lavando guayas de barco y pintando y fue hasta el año 2000, cuando empezó como distribuidor de panes; conoció este negocio a través de su hermano que entonces tenía una panadería, le gustó porque es un trabajo cómodo aunque riesgoso por el tráfico que día a día debe afrontar. Atiende en casi todos los barrios de Barranquilla desde el barrio Simón Bolívar en el sur hasta la playa en el norte, con este negocio ha crecido gradualmente su ingreso, porque ha aumentado su mercado, y cada tendero lo recomienda por su puntualidad; a esta actividad le debe la posibilidad de estudio de sus hijos y el ingreso familiar para cubrir sus necesidades básicas por eso sueña con pasar de ser distribuidor a tener una panadería con muchos vendedores, para que personas honestas como él, puedan ganar dinero para el sustento de su hogar, lo cual ampliaría la rentabilidad de su negocio actual.

En la actualidad está aplicando a un crédito por valor de $1.300.000 para comprar canastas y meterlas en la furgoneta, con el fin de tener más espacio para incluir un nuevo producto e incursionar en la línea de panes de almohadillas tajados que ampliarán su mercado, especialmente en restaurantes y casas de eventos.

En este momento se enfrenta el desafío pues el Tránsito está reglamentando la forma de transportar en motos las canastas y conjuntamente están en la búsqueda de una solución que le posibilite el trabajar con menor riesgo. Por eso su meta es comprar un vehiculo, mas adaptado a sus propósitos y requerimientos, para poder extenderse en todas las poblaciones del Departamento del Atlántico y ampliar cada día su negocio que le ha proporcionado la posibilidad de vivir dignamente.

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About Fundación Mario Santo Domingo

Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD) is a non-profit organization in northern Colombia dedicated to developing programs for the country’s poorest communities. In addition to numerous social services, FMSD runs a microfinance program to strengthen micro-businesses in the areas where it works. The organization also offers several non-financial components as part of this program, including training to help entrepreneurs start their own businesses.

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  • $6,070
    Average annual income
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  • $13,361,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,963.5
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $675 helped Luis Aurelio purchase baskets to attach to his vehicle and to start a new product line.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Dec 23, 2009
Listed
Jan 21, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Covered
Ended:
Feb 15, 2011