A loan of $800 helped to buy merchandise.

Luis Carlos's story

Luis Carlos had 10 years of informal experience and in the year 2004 started his own general merchandise sales business using savings he had already. He currently sells a variety of merchandise, especially lingerie, linens and minor home appliances in the towns of Porce, Barbosa and Rionegro, places he services from 8am until 5pm. The business is his main source of income to support his family.

Thanks to his persistence, dedication and effort he has managed to sustain in the market despite public order difficulties that tend to arise in the paths and neighborhoods of the towns he visits and of the mobility of customers who tend to relocate causing him to lose money. But his smart decisions have allowed him to subsist, earn profits and reinvest discretely.

His dream is to manage to set up a warehouse so that he can become a wholesaler and a retailer.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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