A loan of $550 helped to buy new styles of cell phones and to update his line with the current models.

Martin Ramón's story

Martin Ramón D. L. P. has a large family that consists of his wife and 3 children ranging in age from 22 to 40 years old. He owns a business, insiD. a very popular mall in central BarranquilL., where he deals in everything related to cell phones of all kinds from the oldest to the most recent, as well as accessories and service centers. He has a stall here where he sells cell phones and different cell phone accessories. He started as a businessman selling cigarettes, then selling food brought in from Maicao, a city in the Department of Guajira in northern Colombia. Since he found a public space he relocated to this large shopping center and here he decided to sell soft drinks and ice wholesale. He eventually became tired of this, and along with another friend, he decided to sell cell phones and gradually, he introduced accessories like cell phone holders, cases and other items.

Martin has been in the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo programs for 8 years now and they have given him loans for the purchase of fixed assets and to invest in working capital. Since then his business has become more chic and generates more income because of his place in the shopping center. Currently, he is requesting a loan to buy new styles of cell phones and to update the line with the current models that have flooded the market. Right now his desire is to grow his business and have a variety of merchandise in order to compete by having what his customers need and want and above all, to have the most up-to-date merchandise in the market. For this reason he wants to keep investing money into his business. Also, he plans to enjoy his grandchildren more as this makes him very happy.

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