Total loan: $1,600

Alvaro Hernan

San Gabriel, Carchi Province, Ecuador / Arts

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A loan helped to buy wood, lacquer, glue, and sealant.

Alvaro Hernan's story

Álvaro, 56, lives alone in a house he rents. He's of Colombian nationality and came to Ecuador as a refugee.

He's a carpenter, a noble profession he learned by watching his father work making crafts. Álvaro makes a series of furniture in wood for the home. He also knows fine cooking, which has enabled him to work occasionally as a kitchen helper.

Álvaro is making the most of the Christmas season by making handmade crafts with Christmas motifs. He needs materials for this, so he's requesting the help of a loan to buy wood, lacquer, glue, and sealant. That way he'll be able to produce his crafts to sell.