A loan of $1,125 helped purchase American colognes, handcrafted purses, sandals, and bracelets.

Oscar Manuel's story

Oscar C. is a young man who works as a merchant of American colognes, but he also sells handcrafted products such as purses and sandals that are brought in from San Juan Nepomuceno and San Jacinto. Both of these towns are located in the Department of Bolívar. At the age of 21, his parents gave him seed capital so that he could begin selling American colognes and he did very well with his first experience. Later he began bringing in beautiful handicrafts produced in San Jacinto and San Juan Nepomuceno. As a result of managing his money well, Oscar was able to venture into new markets and expand his inventory with new products such as handmade sandals and purses.

Even though he is young, Oscar is enterprising and has many aspirations and dreams to fulfill. He plans to continue his studies and become a successful business professional in the future. Oscar wants to export Colombian handicrafts since they are treasured and well-known among foreigners who have visited the beautiful and historic city of Cartegena de Indias. With his first loan from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, Oscar will purchase purses and sandals that he has on order as well as bracelets and popular American colognes that are known for the quality of their scents.

Oscar is a happy young man who inspires confidence in everyone he meets. This quality helps him gain access to many markets across all social levels, thereby accruing a unique customer base. At the same time, his parents have great confidence in his abilities. They continue to encourage and support everything he does so that he can have a successful life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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