A loan of $1,050 helped to buy cabinet making raw materials like glass and aluminum; also to repair his sandblaster.

Ferney's story

After having been employed at a glazier, Ferney López O. followed his dream to become independent and opened his own shop four years ago in Bogotá’s Alquería La Fragua neighborhood. He entered into a partnership and opened a business making shower enclosures; this lasted only six months. He then met a big challenge with a new locale in the Kennedy neighborhood called “Vidrios el Rey,” a glazier shop where he makes shower enclosures and general cabinetry. His greatest challenge was dissolving the partnership because he lost a lot of money and was decapitalized. But, he continued to offer his services and has managed to move ahead.

This will be his 1st loan with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. He will use it to buy raw materials for cabinet making like, glass and aluminum; he will also use it to repair his sandblaster, which is equipment that shoots abrasive materials under pressure to bring about changes on rigid surfaces like the ones Ferney uses as his main raw ingredients: glass, marble, acrylic, wood and steel. With this equipment he will be able to optimize results, have more uniformity, lessen labor costs, minimize job completion time, insure better finish adherence and anchoring and attain more purity in the materials with a minimum of effort.

His dream is to own his own house to enjoy with his wife and two children, who are 5 and 10 years of age, as well as to acquire a vehicle to transport merchandise for his business because to date he leases this service.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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