A loan of $1,200 helped to buy stock inventory.

Duban Enrique's story

Duban M. P., 45, is married and has three children, who are an 8-month-old baby and an 11-year-old and 15 years old. He is a mechanical engineer who worked for a company that declared bankruptcy. Because of this, he had to resign his position there and he began to work for a company that distributes popular consumer products. Once there, he came up with the idea to ask this company to give him merchandise on credit so that he could sell them from home to his close friends; these sales would be based on prior orders. Thus began his business filling orders for snacks, food items and beverages.

Soon, doing both jobs and with help from his wife and father, he was promoted in his job. However, this required frequent travel and weekly separations from his family, who increasingly needed the presence of both husband and father and “not just passing through” as his wife said. At the same time, his home-based business kept growing and he earned more from it than as a salaried employee. He decided to retire therefore and dedicate himself full-time to his family and his own business.

Duban has shelving in his living room that is filled with household items that are ordered from him via telephone and Internet. This is his work modus operandi; it isn’t a store that is open to the public but, rather, a type of warehouse that is set up to fill orders that are then sent out for home delivery.

He is very proud to be able to enjoy the company of his baby, his two children and his wife and to be able to be there for them in their day-to-day lives. Having his business at home has improved his family structure and he is able to control his income better which is of great benefit for his household.

His dream is to set up a self-service store and is looking for an appropriate locale for it. He has purchased new shelving and is preparing for an influx of customers because he wants to be more competitive, generate higher earnings and employment, especially in his family.

To start his journey toward meeting this goal he needs funding from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to buy merchandise to fill his new shelves. His aim is to become known commercially there for this is his first loan request from the organization. His greatest challenges are his growth as a person and as an entrepreneur, to work persistently to educate his children, and to have his own home.

Duban lives in a neighborhood, Barrio Abajo, which is rich in Caribbean cultural traditions, near the site of Barranquilla’s Carnival; a neighborhood made up of enthusiastic people with a marked potential for baseball since it has the most well-known stadium from which have risen internationally famous baseball players, like Edgar Rentaría, who is now part of the US Major Leagues.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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