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Blás
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Blas is married, he is 52 years old and he lives with his 45-year-old wife. His wife is a clothing designer who has built a very good clientele to whom she designs outfits upon request.
He has three daughters who are 23, 16 and 8 respectively. All three are in school and the eldest one is about to graduate from college.
Blas says that he started his career approximately 25 years ago when an uncle taught him everything that he now knows. He is able to build different kinds of furniture such as: wardrobes, dressers, chairs, etc…. Pieces are built upon request only. He tells that he is always busy because he puts in the effort to make sure that his products are of the best quality and that his customers are always satisfied. He also manufactures furniture to wholesale buyers.
He was able to build a house thanks to his diligence at work. His carpentry business is done from this house, which is equipped with all the necessary tools to build furniture.
He proudly states that his profession provided his three daughters the opportunity to get an education. Due to the fact that he does not have a son to take over the business, he had to double his efforts to make sure his daughters could graduate from college and be able to afford a living once they were on their own.
Today, he requests a line of credit so that he can purchase more wood. One of his wholesale buyers has ordered a large quantity of pieces of furniure and to fulfill the order he would need an extra wood supply.

Translated from Spanish by Bertolt Cantalice, Kiva Volunteer.


Blas es casado, tiene 52 años y vive con su esposa Celestina que tiene actualmente 45 años. Su esposa es modista, comenta que tiene muy buena clientela ya formada a quienes les confecciona ropas por pedido.
Tienen 3 hijas de 23,16 y 8 años respectivamente. Todas están estudiando y la mayor de ellas ya está por culminar una carrera universitaria.
Blas comenta que se inició en la actividad hace aproximadamente 25 años aprendiendo la profesión con un tío que le enseñó todo lo que sabe. Elabora muebles de todo tipo como roperos, cómodas, sillas, etc., todos sobre pedido. Cuenta que siempre tiene trabajo porque se esfuerza para que sus productos sean de la mejor calidad y que su clientela salga siempre satisfecha, también fabrica muebles para clientes mayoristas.
Con el fruto de su esfuerzo logró construir su casa propia. En dicho lugar funciona actualmente su carpintería que está equipada con todas las herramientas necesarias para desarrollar su actividad.
Cuenta con orgullo que su profesión le ha dado la posibilidad de hacer estudiar a sus tres hijas. Debido a que no tuvo ningún hijo varón que le siga en la profesión debe redoblar esfuerzos para que las mismas, el día de mañana, puedan tener la posibilidad de terminar una carrera universitaria para poder ganarse el sustento diario.
Hoy está solicitando un crédito para poder comprar más maderas, pues uno de sus clientes mayoristas ha solicitado una gran cantidad de sus muebles y para cumplir con el necesita la madera.

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About Fundación Paraguaya

Fundación Paraguaya is a financially self-sustaining social enterprise that promotes entrepreneurship in urban and rural areas through microfinance, education programs, and more. Its focus on agriculture has helped many farmers boost their crop yields. And a number of other borrowers have taken out loans to start and grow social businesses that have helped deliver eyeglasses, medicines and other helpful services in their local communities.

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  • $4,555
    Average annual income
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  • $28,082,175
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Blás compra de madera al por mayor.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Aug 9, 2007
Listed
Jul 26, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Jul 26, 2008