A loan of $200 helped to buy a variety of motorcycle rims, tires, and control cables.

Santiago Felipe's story

Santiago, age 54, provides maintenance and repair services for motorcycles and bicycles. In his workshop he also sells replacement parts for technical and mechanical maintenance and repair. His shop is located where his home is. It is in the Soledad municipality close to Barranquilla, where a lot of people know him. He lives with his wife and their two children, ages 10 and 21. He dreams of seeing his children prosper and develop their own success.

His business was born 16 years ago when he left his native town and set his business up in the Atlántico department. He needed to look for a way to support his family and generate income on his own. In the beginning he only worked on air in tires for motorcycles and some other vehicles. Later, his observational ability helped him seize the opportunity to sell accessories like control cables, tires, rims, elbow adaptors, and turnbuckles. He still uses them to work, and he has managed to get a growing market.

Santiago often feels that he does not have the money to opportunely respond to all of his customers’ needs. This is his first loan with the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. He will use the loan to buy a variety of motorcycle rims, tires, and control cables.

With this investment he will have a little bit of everything in his business . This will be an effective solution for his customers. His biggest dream and challenge is to have a service station in a good location. That is where he will totally diversify his services, and he will make his business increasingly well-known.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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