A loan of $625 helped to buy washing machines.

Carlos Dario's story

When Carlos and his wife became unemployed and without an income four years ago, they decided to look for alternatives to pay the household expenses, where they have three children, from ages eight to ten. Initially they bought a cellular plan and decided to sell minutes to their neighbors who would travel to faraway places and wanted to be able to communicate. With this business, and by watching their market, they got the idea to rent our washing machines so that families could have the means to wash clothing in their homes.

Carlos tends to his business from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday. He wants to grow it and increase his income in order to benefit his family. He provides his rental services via telephone and he sends his washers to where they are needed and picks them up in accordance with the number of hours agreed to. He is asking for a Kiva loan, his first through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which he will acquire plans offered by phone service providers. He will also buy more washing machines, because his number of customers is increasing and many of them can’t access the service because the machines are rented out when they need them. He loses the opportunity to increase his revenue and earn a little more. His dream of prosperity includes having a home of his own and strengthening the business. He knows that by focusing on growth, many of his goals are within reach.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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