Carlos is a true renaissance man. An experienced artist, sculptor, musician, and chef, he made a living most of his life as a musician playing at events and as a street performer. He supplemented his income working part-time at a local grocery store.
Everything changed when an illness prevented Carlos from performing music and he had to leave his job. Not allowing his circumstances to dictate his life, Carlos utilized his artistic talents to start a street vendor business selling his artistic creations.
He is currently making and selling ants, iguanas, and other "creepy crawlers” made out of river rock and wrapped with thin iron rods. Carlos has been selling his pieces of art since August at Seaport Village, a high traffic tourist area in San Diego. What Carlos appreciates most about his business is that he gets to use his artistic abilities to make money, while not incurring any overhead.
The materials Carlos uses for his current products are heavy and he has to go to his brother's workshop in Tijuana to get them. Transporting this raw material is particularly taxing for him considering is age and health. He is therefore seeking a $2,000 loan to purchase equipment and materials to change his product line from the metal and rock creepy crawlers to customizable small wooden ships with leather accents.
His ultimate goal is to continue to save money from his street vending business so he can open a mobile food vending business. This will allow him to make the most of his degree in culinary arts and maximize his passion for healthy food.