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Total loan: $1,025

Jose Manuel

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Manta, Manabí Province, Ecuador / Arts

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A loan helped to buy raw materials such as tagua, dyes, and sandpaper, and will maintain the machinery.


Jose Manuel's story

Jose Manuel is 23 years old, in a consensual relationship, and has a three year old daughter. His partner is unemployed because of the pandemic. They live in their own home in Manta, where buildings and businesses were affected by the earthquake on April 16, 2016. Many lives were lost. It is considered the most important seaside location, with lovely and welcoming beaches. The majority of the population makes a living by fishing.

Jose Manuel makes a living through the creation and sale of various types, sizes, colors, and designs of tagua buttons. He makes these at home, where he has a small workshop. His clients come to purchase on order. His partner helps him when she can while caring for their daughter. His long-time clients who buy large quantities pay for them on credit and pay him weekly or monthly.

During this global crisis he has experienced economic difficulties, and his clients cannot pay him because they have been unable to sell and others have died. At first, the health crisis was very bad because he could not sell, but now little by little he is starting again so that he can continue to generate income. With this new loan, he will buy raw materials such as tagua, dyes, and sandpaper, and will maintain the machinery. His dream is that his family will be healthy and that his business will continue to grow.