A loan of $600 helped to buy watch accessories and spare parts to upgrade his supply.

Javier Isaias's story

Javier is a cheerful man of 43 that has a business selling merchandise in a shopping district in the city of Barranquilla. He started his working life when he finished high school and got a job as an assistant in a watch shop even though he didn't know the profession. There he received all of his training. His managers recognized his interest and inclination for this job so they connected him with a cooperative of watchmakers, mechanics and electricians. He worked this way for 5 years. During this time he met his wife and today they have three children between the ages of 10 and 20. They are very proud of their children and work very hard to provide for their well-being. Twenty years ago he decided to start working independently and opened his own business while he continued his training. Today, in addition to offering watch maintenance and repair services, he has a steady stream of customers from the jewelers in the district. He also sells watches and jewelry.

Javier has had two loans with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo which he has used to expand his infrastructure and improve his showroom by buying two showcases. Now he is applying for a Kiva loan so he can buy watch accessories and spare parts to upgrade his supplies and meet the demands of his customers.

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