Alinnson Rafael's story

Alinsson is 32 years old and lives with his wife and their 2 children, aged 6 months and 10 years respectively, in the commercial zone of the Ciudadela 20 de Julio barrio, south of Barranquilla. He has a medicinal drug store there that he opened in 2000, the year he began his business career by distributing cheese and some varieties of merchandise.

For the last 4 years he has been involved with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, an organization that helped him initially with loans to sell cheese and merchandise on order. Now he has a larger business in both infrastructure and clientèle, and he has diversified his offerings, selling medicinal drugs. Alinnson has 2 employees and he sustains his business, despite fierce competition, with lower prices than competitors, because he buys at wholesale and knows where to purchase. Alinnson works from 8:00am until 9:00pm every day. Now his customers know his schedule and they seek him out and refer him to others.

Alinnson has received 8 loans and this loan request from Kiva will be his 9th. He will buy generic and commercial medicines to resupply his little pharmacy. Alinnson is very satisfied with his business and with the institutional help he has received and his level of living has improved. But he still dreams of having his own house and converting his small business into a large drug store, and this is his major challenge to accomplish a better future for his family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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