A loan of $850 helped to purchase helmets, vests, sleeves, lights, stickers and visors in bulk.

Jjamer Samuel's story

Jjamer is 20 years old, and is well acquainted with aspects of youth culture, especially with all things related to motorcycling. Many young people in his area use motorcycles as their primary mode of transportation, or work for a motor-taxi service transporting customers around town. Jjamer perceived the high demand among young people for motorcycle gear and accessories that give off an image of freedom and elegance, and he let this idea form the basis for his small business. He presently makes a living selling motorcycle gear out of his home, including: helmets, vests, sleeves, lights, reflectors, stickers, visors and other accessories. He works from 8:00 every morning until 8:00 every night, and buys his merchandise for resale from wholesalers every two weeks.

Jjamer started his business a year ago, and little by little, has made his way and grown his operation. He has potential for growth, but has not explored these options very much, because he does not have the financial capital to make the necessary investments. His current situation has led him to request this loan, which will be his first with the Santo Domingo Foundation. He plans to use the support from this loan to purchase helmets, vests, sleeves, lights, reflectors, stickers, visors and other merchandise for resale at his business. He plans to purchase these items in bulk in order to receive a discounted price and increase his eventual profits. He hopes in the future to continue his education, strengthen his business and support his family. He lives with his life partner and their 2-year-old son.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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