A loan of $1,025 helped purchase wood, glue, paint, nails, and varnish.

Carlos Bionis's story

Carlos F. has a wife and three children (ages 10, 11, and 13). He generates income to support his family by making desks, tables for parlor games, and everything else made of wood. Since 2007, Carlos has participated in the credit program with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo and it has helped to increase his working capital. He has received three loans, with the current one valued at 2,000,000 COP to be used for buying supplies in bulk such as wood, glue, paint, nails, and varnish for his business. When Carlos started his business in 2002, he had worked very hard to become independent. He previously held different jobs in the construction sector, but he now makes his daily living with autonomy and works a fixed schedule from 7:30am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6pm, Monday through Saturday. Carlos has a significant number of customers because they are familiar with his work ethic and there is very little competition in this sector.

Carlos dreams of selling his products through chain stores and utilizing technology for online marketing. His greatest personal challenge is seeing his children become professionals who work for multinational companies. He and his family live near the supermarkets and the largest soccer field in Barranquilla, the Metropolitan Stadium, where they go to have fun.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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