A loan of $700 helped buy supplies for jewelry business.

Nelson Edgardo's story

Nelson Edgardo M. C. has shown great tenacity in the face of adversity. Despite a traffic accident three years ago that cost him his left arm, he never stopped playing billiards at a high level. So high a level, in fact, that he was the representative of the Colombian "departamento" of Atlantico at the national Paralympic games in Cali in October 2008. Nelson is 49 years old and has three children between the ages of 18 and 27. He operates a workshop, making and repairing jewelry. He likes the work: designing jewelry, making gold and silver plating, plating jewelry in gold and nickle. This is his first Fundacion Mario Santo Domingo loan. A friend recommended that he apply and he's asking for a $1,300,000 loan so that he can buy supplies--silver, gold, etc.--for his workshop.

Nelson began working with jewelry more than thirty years ago, working for 15 years with a friend who was a jeweler and then setting up his own business. He used to work in Barranquilla, but he left for Soledad 10 years ago because there's a better pool of customers and because the shopping area where he had his business before had declined. He says that his business has been stable for the last 16 years but he's suffered from a lack of resources and support, something that the Fundacion can remedy with this loan. In the future, he wants to grow the business and add new employees. For now, his second son is his only employee.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman

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