A loan of $550 helped to buy fabric to send to a workshop where they will make t-shirts that he will print.

Albenis's story

Albenis is 20 years old and lives in the city of Soledad with his wife. He has a business through which he offers industrial printing services; he also sells various merchandise, like clothing, small appliances, and compact discs.

His enterprise dates back one year, when Albenis, having learned the textile printing trade, decided to offer this service to the Colombian army. It's going very well for him; his business has been growing little by little, and he added the retail business in which he also sells various merchandise that he brings from another city in the country. There he gets competitive prices for his merchandise so he can offer good deals to his customers.

His goal for the future is to have a location where he can independently and more comfortably offer his printing services. Later, he plans to extend his marketing structure, with which he wants to make an impression so that he can continue winning more customers.

Currently, he is applying for a Kiva loan—his first loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo—with which he will purchase fabrics. He will send the fabrics to a workshop where they will make t-shirts that he will later print to respond to customer demand. In addition, Albenis needs to buy small appliances that his customers have ordered through his pre-sales work, and he is very sure that it will go very well.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey

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