A loan of $425 helped to buy brick-making raw materials, especially cement and sand.

Orlando's story

Everyone in Barnaoa, Atlántico department's second city, knows Orlando Suarez S. Bolívar because he manufactures and sells bricks.

He started the business in 2003 with the construction of a house using bricks he, himself, made with a leased mold. From that day forward, his repute swept through town and demand for his product grew. Orders from his neighbors, as well as from nearby hardware stores (with which he is still in business), were quick to appear. Thus started his brick factory. Once he got his own molds and work tools he hasn't stopped working in this firm, which produces enough income to meet all his expenses; in addition, it daily provides him with the satisfaction of knowing that homes are built with his bricks.

This is the reason behind his asking for funding, in the amount of $800.000, to buy raw materials, particularly cement and sand, to make the bricks he sells.

His dream is to organize his business in a site where he can both set up his production process and keep a larger stock of product. His constant challenge is not having sufficient capital for this purpose but he knows that, with discipline, he will gradually build it.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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