A loan of $1,200 helped to buy a photocopying machine and a computer.

Juan Carlos's story

Juan Carlos M. Pinillo’s success story is impressive. The 41-year-old man lives in Barranquilla’s Modelo neighborhood. He has reached several goals in the two short years he has been associated with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo.

When he joined in 2007 he went from being an independent merchant to establishing his phone call service. Despite starting out with a borrowed cell phone and not being very successful at selling service minutes near the university, he kept trying in other parts of town and he set himself up for business in his home.

He used his two prior loans to buy computers that today make up the core of his Internet café business. In addition to his four computer Internet service, he has four phone lines available and also sells soft-drinks, candy and snacks.

He is currently asking for a $2.300.000 loan to buy a photocopying machine and another computer which will allow him to provide better service.

He feels that he has grown a lot in the two years that he’s had his business; that the training opportunities have helped him quite a bit and he has become better organized in his business thus producing higher income for his family.

Despite his success, however, he sometimes feels that he doesn’t have the necessary resources to have more equipment and enlarge his business as he’d like to in order to meet increased customer demand.

In addition to facing this challenge, his goal is to enlarge his business to have everything related to stationery. He also dreams with owning his own house because he and his family currently live in an uncle’s house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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