A loan of $800 helped purchase aluminum, glass, accesories to make doors and windows.

Freddy Raul's story

San Jacinto Glass and Aluminum is located in the La Bajera de San Jacinto neighborhood of the Bolivar province. Freddy M. R. is 48 years old and runs the business with the help of his wife, with whom he has 3 children from 3-10 years old. They moved to this city 10 years ago from Magdalena where he managed some farms. He wanted his kids to be able to study and they lived very far from the schools on their farm. He decided to start his business when a neighbor in Cartagena encouraged him to do so after teaching him how to cut glass. He found a storefront to start making doors and windows and selling glass, aluminum and other accesories. He and his wife run the business and he contracts other workers when things get busy in order to serve his clientele. He is seeking his second loan from Mario Santo Domingo Foundation of $800 which he will use to buy aluminum, glass and accesories to make his doors and windows.

With his first loan, he was very diligent both in investing his money and in paying it back; he improved his business and his credit history which is very important for him as an entrepreneur.

Someday, he would like to have his own home, invest in livestock, but more than anything he'd like his kids to receive a formal education. His biggest challenge is meeting his obligations during periods of low sales but he has learned to manage his business very well and get through those times.

His most difficult time was when he changed work from farming to what we does now; he's still surprised at the risk he took, but he considers it part of his past and his dream now is to move forward and his happiness shows that he is doing so.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Scott Crandall

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