Total loan: $1,050

Ismael Horacio

Otavalo, Imbabura Province, Ecuador / Arts

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A loan helped to improve his workshop’s equipment and purchase a oven to have a professional finish for his ceramic crafts.

Ismael Horacio's story

Horacio is 20 and he is the last of 5 children.His brothers have their own families. Horacio’s mother is his only support, but nowadays she can’t help him economically with the household economy.

Two years ago he finished his studies in a technical college in “Design Arts”.
Before he finished the college he used to work making ceramic crafts, with his design teacher to help himself pay for college. Throughout his life he’s had to deal with difficult family situations. 5 years ago his father abandoned them and then divorced his mother, but It hasn’t been an obstacle to move on.

One year ago, he started to make ceramic crafts in his house, but he doesn’t have the equipment necessary to perform such crafts. For this reason he has to send his crafts to other handicraftsman to improve the look of the craft and sell them for a better price.
He really wants to finish his studies in the university and to be a professional in “Design Arts”, but he and his mother don’t have money to reach it.

He is looking forward with this loan to improve the workshop’s equipment and infrastructure. The key equipment he needs is an oven because it helps to improve the craft’s look. He considers himself as an entrepreneur and his neighbors see in Horacio a model for themselves and their children.