A loan of $700 helped purchase a camera and chemicals to make chlorine.

Francisco Geronimo's story

Francisco García is 55 years old and lives in the suburbs of Fortín de Guayaquil in a house made of cement that only has basic water and electrical services. He is married and has three children, ages 15, 13 and 11, who are in public school. Francisco started taking pictures with a borrowed camera, and little by little he raised money to purchase chemicals to make chlorine and also started a business selling charcoal. Now he and his wife work every day from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. selling chlorine by the liter and gallon and also cases of charcoal. He no longer takes pictures because he doesn't have a camera, and up until this point he has not had any complications with his business. With the loan he is requesting, he plans to purchase a camera so he can take up photography again, as well as purchase chemicals to make chlorine. In the future he wants a truck so he can better transport his merchandise.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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