A loan of $800 helped wood, glue.

Juan Buatista's story

Juan, 62, lives in El Suburbio in Guayaquil (an urban area; most of the inhabitants are small businessmen), working in his wood shop from 7:30 am until 6:00 pm everyday with the help of his children.

Before having his own cabinetmaking workshop, he worked as a laborer in construction and learned to be a cabinetmaker. When he was 33 years old, he decided to start his own woodworking business, little by little making furniture in his house and selling it to his neighbors. He was able to expand his workshop and now is a cabinetmaker. He makes chairs, tables, living room sets, etc.

To keep up with his business he wants to buy wood and glue. In the future, Juan wants to buy tools and renovate his workshop.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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