Jonathan Dos Santos arrived in Portugal from Venezuela in May 2017 in search of an opportunity and with the desire to build a new life in Porto. Recalling his beginnings in the city, he tells us: "at first it wasn't easy, because while I was going through the paperwork to get my nationality, nobody offered me a permanent job". After 10 months, it was a cousin of his who told him about Glovo, "I didn't know them and it was him who told me that it was a Spanish delivery company and encouraged me to try my luck".
He always had a clear objective, to save enough money to be able to set up his own business and, after teaming up with a partner, he finally made it happen with 'Ruta 9'.
When asked if he has any advice for other couriers who, like him, want to start a business, he says "for me, the best advice for life is discipline and perseverance, with both you can achieve everything you want".
"From this resto-bar located in the Vitória district, one of the most central areas of Porto, Jonathan offers his guests a trip to the pure American style of the '70s, through a detailed decoration with musical inspiration and a menu where online reviews highlight the burgers, pork ribs, and cocktails. Everything is available via Glovo delivery."
“During my time as a courier I focused on saving a lot of money and finally, after a lot of hard work, I was able to fulfill my dream of setting up my own business”
During the years since then, Glovo has introduced initiatives that empower couriers to develop their professional skills.
The digital learning platform G-Learning offers free access to online courses and Busuu connects couriers to the world's languages. Entrepreneur Bootcamps were held in Kenya, guiding couriers on their first steps as business owners.