A loan of $625 helped to buy four additional washing machines and supplies for making cakes.

Orlando Enrique's story

Orlando is a 43 year-old, married man who has two children aged 10 and 16. He and his wife do not tire in working to provide for their children's well-being. Orlando lives in the very center of Malambo, a town which is located 15 minutes from the city of Barranquilla. Malambo is a place where many people come to live from all corners of the country. In the neighborhoods of this town, there are a lot of informal businesses. One can also find the Malambo S.A. "Pimsa" industrial park where motorboats come from the US, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Orlando has been in business renting out washing machines for 11 years. His wife is also a hard-working woman who has culinary skills which she uses in her business making cakes and selling soft drinks on a weekend. These two businesses have allowed the couple to make income for the well-being of their household. They have gradually expanded their businesses and made important investments in order to help them grow such as, for example, when they bought a cooler and a heated display case, to provide their small businesses with a good image. They have also made the most of their customer base in order to sell their customers cell phone minutes too. This makes them additional income. They also bought a motorcycle taxi which is a common type of vehicle in this area and is used to transport passengers.

This Kiva loan is Orlando's first loan through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. He will use it to buy four additional washing machines and supplies for making cakes. His washing machine service has expanded and he often loses customers because he cannot respond in a timely fashion to the great demand that he has. As a result of this investment, Orlando hopes to improve his profitability and strengthen both his own and his wife's business so that their children can be successful.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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