Eduardo moved to San Francisco from El Salvador in 2008 and immediately began working at his cousin’s business, “Transportes El Primo,” shipping packages from San Francisco to Mexico and Central America on behalf of the many Latino-Americans living in the Bay Area. Eduardo travels from home to home throughout the Bay Area, collecting boxes and loading them into their van.
As Transportes El Primo ships exclusively to Mexico and Central America, Eduardo demonstrates his commitment to helping his community by offering appropriate language services as well as providing a welcoming environment, ensuring that his clients feel comfortable following up with him in case they have any questions or concerns. “I like that my job is helping people. I help the people here who send books, clothing, and other supplies to their families back home.”
Eduardo typically works alone, although occasionally a few part-time workers join him. He estimates that he ships items on behalf of at least 70 households a month. “Oftentimes, I have more demand than I can meet,” he says. In order to help Eduardo satisfy the high demand for his services, he requested a microloan for $1,500 to pay for more boxes as well as to start designing advertising flyers, as he currently only advertises through mouth-to-mouth publicity.
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