A loan of $675 helped purchase baskets to attach to his vehicle and to start a new product line.

Luis Aurelio's story

Luis Aurelio G. is 44 years old and lives in the Los Laureles neighborhood of Barranquilla. He lives with his wife and their two children, ages 17 and 10, who are in school and whom he wants to see be successful. Every morning Luis takes his motorcycle to a bakery in the south of the city where he buys bread and drives through all of Barranquilla, north, south, east and west, to distribute the products store to store, which are his best and most faithful customers. Before becoming involved in this business in the year 2000, he worked at a company cleaning and painting boats. He learned of the bread distributing business from his brother, who then had a bakery, and he liked it because the work was comfortable aside from the traffic that he has to confront day to day. He covers all the neighborhoods of Barranquilla, from the Simón Bolívar neighborhood in the south to the beach in the north. With the business he has been able to gradually increase his income because his has expanded his merchandise, and each storekeeper recommends him for his punctuality. His work has made it possible for his children to get an education and gives the family income to cover basic necessities. Along with being a distributor, he dreams of having a bakery with many vendors, so other honest people like him can make money to provide for their households, and that would increase the profitability of his current business as well. Luis is applying for a loan in order to purchase baskets to attach to his vehicle so he can have more space to include new products and to start up a line of sliced breads to expand his product reach, especially to restaurants and house events. Currently he is facing the challenge of the transit department regulating baskets on bikes, and he is looking for a solution that would enable him to work with less risk. For this reason, his goal is to purchase a vehicle better suited to his goals and requirements so he can extend his business to all the people of the region and every day expand his business that has provided him with the opportunity to live with dignity.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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