A loan of $1,600 helped to pay for structural improvements to his shop, print advertising leaflets, and buy supplies for preparing his dishes.

Néstor Obed's story

Néstor is 35 years old, separated from his spouse, and the father of two children. His job experience began when he worked as a store clerk for various companies. However, due to his living situation, he accepted the opportunity to travel to the United States where he worked as a chef, preparing international foods for seven years. When he finally returned to Colombia, Néstor decided to start his own business with the money he saved during the years he had been working. In his business, he offers a variety of fast food dishes and has the help of two employees. His business is situated in a good location within a commercial area.

Néstor is an active and hardworking man who is passionate about his children and his profession. For this reason, he is requesting a loan so that he can invest in structural improvements (repair the floor of his business), print advertising leaflets, and buy supplies (fried meats, breads, sauces, and sodas) in order to generate more income. This will create a new image for his business, which will make his customers feel more comfortable. In addition, he will have available supplies that he needs to cater to the tastes of his customers. As a result, Néstor will be able to advance his business and succeed. By generating more income, he will be able to accomplish his midterm goal of opening an exclusive restaurant that will be recognized for its tasty food and excellent service. This will enable him to provide his children with a better education and improved quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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