A loan of $1,000 helped to invest in clothes, shoes, cosmetics and raw materials such as 3 to 7 mm triple ply wood, and sandable sealing vinyl to make beautiful handmade decorated items.

Abel José's story

Abel B. is a man who at 80 is very spiritual and enjoys his life completely. He has 13 children that he has gotten ahead. His youngest daughter depends on him, although she has gotten into being a saleswoman as well. B. always worked on two fronts, as an employee in businesses, from which he is enjoying his retirement, and selling products. Doing these things at the same time has allowed him and his family to enjoy a higher standard of living and not be limited to his pension, with which he wouldn't have been able to educate his children.

His trajectory in Fundación Mario Santo Domingo dates from the year 1996, when he belonged to the program led by shopkeepers where they would give him the items necessary to diversify his store. During that time, he took administrative and technical courses. In the latter, he learned to make things out of wood, an activity he continues to do as well as selling merchandise, which he got into 20 years ago.

Presently, he is asking for a loan in the ammount of $2.000.000 to invest in clothes, shoes and cosmetics he has on order for Mother's Day . He will also invest in raw materials such as 3 to 7 mm triple ply wood and sandable sealing vinyl to make beautiful handmade, decorated items.

His most important dream is travel to see is daughter who lives in Panama, since she invited him. He is in love with life and with being active in the market of the items he makes and sells. He is in excellent health; he exercises his body and his brain by walking and reading.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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