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Daniel B. S. is 26 years old. He is married and is a native of the city of Tecpan, Guatemala. For several years he was employed as a blacksmith in Guatemala City where he learned his craft, but then he decided to start his own workshop closer to home. Starting up was difficult because he only had basic tools, but his wife has helped to support their family by selling shoes. Daniel would like to expand his workshop by purchasing materials such as metal sheets, poles, hinges and welding materials. He works with some institutions that pay him monthly, but he doesn’t have enough capital to purchase the necessary materials for his clients.

Daniel’s children are currently in elementary school and they have a home, but he needs to find a place to rent for his workshop. His dream is that his children can continue to study, that he will be able to improve their home, and that he can provide a good life for his family.

Translated from Spanish by Andrea Bouch, Kiva Volunteer.

Don Daniel B. S., de 26 años de edad, casado, originario del municipio de Tecpan Guatemala, desde hace varios años, era empleado en una herrería, en la capital de Guatemala, luego consigue un trabajo, en el municipio, logra aprender su oficio, inicia su trabajo con dificultad porque tenia solo herramientas básicas, esta apoyada por su esposa con venta de zapatos, de forma ambulante; ahora quiere amplear, mas su taller en la compra de laminas, barrillas diagonales, materiales que le sirven para soldar, bisagras; ya que trabaja con instituciones, que le pagan cada mes, y el no cuenta con capital para poder satisfacer, a sus clientes, Tiene a sus hijos estudiando en la primaria, cuenta con casa, pero necesita, un local para su taller, su sueño es tener, a sus hijos estudiando, mejorar su casa, y un tipo de vida digna para toda la familia.

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About FAPE

FAPE, the Foundation for the Assistance of Small Businesses, is a nonprofit, socially-minded institution that provides loans to micro-entrepreneurs across Guatemala.

About Guatemala

  • $5,300
    Average annual income
  • 129
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    Guatemala Loans Fundraising
  • $10,890,325
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 8.1
    Guatemala Quetzales (GTQ) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,125 helped Daniel purchase supplies and materials for welding.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 22, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 28, 2010