A loan of $5,000 helped to test interest in a new side business venture to support his family.

Luis's story

Luis is originally from Peru and came to the United States 31 years ago. Luis has had many jobs, including as a waiter and a supervisor for a catering business, during his time in the States. He often talks about the importance of being able to work as his own boss and his persistence to try different ideas to help him succeed.

While Luis sustains himself in part though informal catering jobs, he is now exploring the launch of a new side business called Imagine Inn, a company that provides extended-stay housing for employees of companies and the federal government.

Over the years, having at times worked with different organizations, Luis realized the scarcity of furnished apartments for corporate and government employees who would come to the Washington metro area for periods of time too long to stay in a hotel, but too short to rent a conventional apartment.

Luis' Kiva loan will be used to support him with funds to help showcase and rent one apartment as part of this new side business to spark interest, and eventually increase his income to support his family.

The vision of the Imagine Inn is to provide its clients with convenient and hassle-free housing. The apartments will be fully furnished, have free Wi-Fi Internet, nationwide unlimited calls and other amenities to make the client feel at home.

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