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Jose Puentes

City: Bogota Country: Colombia Loan Use: To buy supplies
Loan Term: 24 Date Posted: September 24, 2018 First Repayment: August 01, 2018
Opportunity International Client Jose Puentes

Jose Puentes is a hardworking father and entrepreneur who lives with his wife, Olga, and their two daughters, Yurany and Lisbeth, in Bogota, Colombia. For the past few years, Jose has run a business selling plants to community members along the roadside. When both his parents passed away in the same month, Jose struggled not only emotionally but financially—in fact, he was not able to cover their funeral expenses. Jose knew that something would need to change if he wanted to give his late parents the memorial they deserved, without using up all the family's savings. Everything began to change for Jose when a friend introduced him to Opportunity International. Jose received financial training and a loan to invest in his shop by purchasing additional supplies. With a storefront, new supplies, and a wider variety of plants to sell, Jose was able to attract new customers and increase his sales. Because of the example his parents set for him, Jose plans on providing for his family as best as he possibly can. Down the road, Jose plans on saving up enough money from his shop to send his daughters to college and also hopes to build a house for his family. Thanks to the loan he received, Jose will be able to continue to grow his business and ensure his daughters receive the best futures possible.

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