A loan of $1,700 helped to purchase paint, solvent, “hueso duro” (a brand of auto body fill used to repair dents, etc.), glaze, and galvanized metal sheets.


Camilo's story

Camilo is 36 years old and lives with his wife and one year old son. He owns an auto body shop and learned this trade from father, also a painter and auto body shop technician, twenty years ago. Camilo’s business is located north of the city and his market is comprised of medium to high income customers that live around him and know him. Customers prefer his shop because he works hard to deliver quality service and uses safe and guaranteed materials. His business is very well-organized. He has a comfortable office where he serves his customers and, a spray booth to shield the automobiles from contaminants during the painting process, which results in an excellent, good as new finish. Camilo offers convenient home delivery service; he picks up the vehicle from wherever the customer requests and delivers it completely repaired in the afternoon of the same day. To achieve this efficiency in his business, he use quick-drying paint and has several employees to whom he pay a fee for production. They only provide labor because the business has the tools and supplies needed to meet customer service requests. Now, he is applying for a Kiva loan, his first loan with the “Fundación Mario Santo Domingo”. He will purchase paint, solvent, “hueso duro” (a brand of auto body fill used to repair dents, etc.), glaze, and galvanized metal sheets. The Kiva loan will help strengthen his small business because his goals are to improve the promotion of his services and to have everything he needs to grow his customer base efficiently. This is his aspiration and the Kiva loan is exactly what he needs to succeed.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz



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