Total loan: $5,350


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Elmwood Park, NJ, United States / Services

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A loan helped to purchase printers to start his own professional printing business.

Rafael's story

Rafael has been working full-time at a distribution warehouse, but he wanted to look outside of that industry when he was searching for a part-time job to help make ends meet. He found a job working on the weekends in a graphics shop, and it did not take long for him to discover he had a natural knack for the work they were doing there.

After a few months in the shop, he noticed an unfortunate trend: the shop was receiving so many orders that they were facing the choice of either slowing down the turnaround time, lowering the quality, or turning customers away entirely. There just were not enough printers in the shop to meet the demand.

Rafael saw a solution to the store's problem, and an opportunity to break into the industry. He developed a proposal to the owner of the shop: he could start his own small business that would take the surplus clients off of their plate. That way, they would not have to compromise on order quality or speed. The owner, very pleased with the work Rafael had done for him so far, thought it was a great idea and agreed to develop a partnership between his shop and Rafael's new printing store. This loan will help Rafael to purchase printers so he can get his business up and running and serving clients.