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Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos sells fast food from his business, called Rapi JuanK, which is located on the terrace of his house where he lives with his wife and two children, who are 6 years and 8 months old. He lives in the neighborhood called El Bosque in the southwest of Barranquilla. It is a big neighborhood that runs beside the highway, called La Cordialidad, that connects the city of Barranquilla with Cartagena.

At his business, he makes hot dogs, hamburgers, and typical dishes of the city such as "patacones rellonos" (a fried snack made of plantain) and salchipapas (potatoes with sausage seasoned with a tomato sauce.) Initially, Juan Carlos was employed by a business just like the one he has today, and with the savings from his job he was able to buy a hot dog stall, which enabled him to be independent and he used his experience to start his own business. He came to the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to develop his small business and with his previous loans he was able to improve part of his infrastructure and he bought a heated display unit that lets him keep his products at the proper temperature. Now he is requesting his second loan of a total of $1,050 and with this loan he will buy a canopy to protect his business when it rains, and the rainy season is nearly here. He will also use the loan for the maintenance of his stall in which he makes the food and to add some additional chairs and tables so that he can serve more clients.

Juan Carlos already has plans for the future of his business: with his wife, he is thinking of adding bars to his business to increase its security, adapting a restroom to offer a better facilities to the customers, and putting in a spotlight so things will be better lit. In relation to his children, he dreams of giving them a good education so that they can have a life of opportunity.

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Juan Carlos G. V. vende comidas rápidas en su negocio llamado Rapi JuanK, que se ubica en la terraza de su casa donde vive con su esposa y sus dos hijos de 6 años y 8 meses de edad. Es habitante del barrio El Bosque en el suroccidente de Barranquilla, barrio grande que se extiende a lo largo de La Cordialidad, carretera que une la ciudad de Barranquilla con Cartagena.
En su negocio elabora perros calientes, hamburguesas y alimentos típicos de la ciudad, tales como patacones rellenos (un tipo de frito elaborado con plátano) y salchipapas (papas con salchichas aderezadas con salsa de tomate). Inicialmente Juan Carlos fue empleado de un negocio igual al que tiene hoy y con los ahorros reunidos, logró comprar un carrito de perros calientes, con el cual se pudo independizar y utilizó su experiencia para comenzar su propio negocio. Acudió a la Fundación Mario Santo Domingo para desarrollar su microempresa y con sus créditos anteriores, logró mejorar parte de su infraestructura y compró una vitrina térmica que le permite mantener la temperatura adecuada de sus productos. Ahora solicita su segundo crédito con un monto de $ 2.000.000 y con este crédito comprará una carpa, para proteger su negocio en la temporada de la lluvia, que ya pronto empiezan, para hacer el mantenimiento de su carrito en el que elabora comidas y para adquirir algunas sillas y mesas adicionales y atender una mayor cantidad de clientes.
Juan Carlos ya tiene planes para el futuro de su negocio: con su esposa está pensando en enrejar su negocio para aumentar su seguridad, adecuar un baño para prestar mejor servicio a los clientes y colocar un reflector que le dé una buena iluminación. En relación a sus hijos, sueña con darles una buena educación con el fin de que tengan oportunidades en la vida.

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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.

About Colombia

  • $11,100
    Average annual income
  • 470
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    Colombia Loans Fundraising
  • $15,266,950
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 1,931.1
    Colombia Pesos (COP) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,050 helped Juan Carlos to buy a canopy, chairs and tables, and to maintain his stall where he makes the food he sells.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 10, 2010
Mar 13, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 15, 2011