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Elkin Pastrana

City: Montería Country: Colombia Loan Use: Expanding carpentry workshop
Loan Term: 48 Date Posted: January 16, 2018 First Repayment: June 11, 2017
Opportunity International Client Elkin Pastrana

Elkin Pastrana lives in Montería with his wife Gloria and their three children. He is a carpenter and nine years ago, when he first got to the city, he started working at a friend´s furniture workshop. Although their relationship was good and Elkin learned a lot, he was always thinking about setting up an independent business. Elkin´s main hindrances were lack of capital and a workshop. With previous loans, he was able to build a workshop, purchase tools and materials, and is ready to become an independent entrepreneur. Elkin plans on hiring an assistant and growing his workshop into a small warehouse so that the noise and sawdust do not disturb his family.

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