A loan of $1,050 helped to buy a canopy, chairs and tables, and to maintain his stall where he makes the food he sells.

Juan Carlos's story

Juan Carlos sells fast food from his business, called Rapi JuanK, which is located on the terrace of his house where he lives with his wife and two children, who are 6 years and 8 months old. He lives in the neighborhood called El Bosque in the southwest of Barranquilla. It is a big neighborhood that runs beside the highway, called La Cordialidad, that connects the city of Barranquilla with Cartagena.

At his business, he makes hot dogs, hamburgers, and typical dishes of the city such as "patacones rellonos" (a fried snack made of plantain) and salchipapas (potatoes with sausage seasoned with a tomato sauce.) Initially, Juan Carlos was employed by a business just like the one he has today, and with the savings from his job he was able to buy a hot dog stall, which enabled him to be independent and he used his experience to start his own business. He came to the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo to develop his small business and with his previous loans he was able to improve part of his infrastructure and he bought a heated display unit that lets him keep his products at the proper temperature. Now he is requesting his second loan of a total of $1,050 and with this loan he will buy a canopy to protect his business when it rains, and the rainy season is nearly here. He will also use the loan for the maintenance of his stall in which he makes the food and to add some additional chairs and tables so that he can serve more clients.

Juan Carlos already has plans for the future of his business: with his wife, he is thinking of adding bars to his business to increase its security, adapting a restroom to offer a better facilities to the customers, and putting in a spotlight so things will be better lit. In relation to his children, he dreams of giving them a good education so that they can have a life of opportunity.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Hynd

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