A loan of $6,000 helped to buy a commercial-grade vacuum cleaner and other janitorial equipment.

Leonardo's story

Leonardo, the owner of A. Janitorial Services, has nine years of janitorial cleaning experience. Until recently, he worked for a large janitorial company, but in November of 2009 Leonardo made the commitment to strike out on his own. Between the demands of his new business and his part-time job at a golf course, he now works seven days a week, often from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., but Leonardo is visibly enthusiastic about how things are developing. “I get great satisfaction being able to build my own company… this is something I am doing for my children,” he says.

Orphaned at the age of four, Leonardo was raised in Mexico City by his grandmother and uncle and the lessons they passed on inspired him to start his own business. “I saw the difference between people who had goals and a vision for the money they earned, and those who didn’t. My uncle was very good at business, and I could always look to him for advice.” With a strong determination to be his own boss, Leonardo makes time on top of his work schedule to take English lessons twice a week. It has been a great challenge, but he understands the need for good communication skills to help him attract new clients.

With this loan Leonardo will be able to purchase a commercial-grade vacuum cleaner and the other new equipment that is necessary to continue his janitorial work at a local school, as well as expand the business. “This loan is a great help. With a little bit of investment I will be able to earn a lot more and provide a better future for my children.”

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