A loan of $600 helped wood for furniture business.

Roberto's story

Roberto M. C., best known as Uncle M., was born in Maputo, Mozambique, 51 years ago. He had many simblings and lived with his parents in very poor conditions. He only studied until 6th grade and had to drop school to work.
In 1975 he started working with his uncle, who was a carpenter, as his assistant. That way he learned to make several things from scratch, like furniture, doors and windows. He gained a lot of experience and felt the need to open his own carpentry workshop. He saved up and was able to open his own business.
He heard of Hluvuku through friends, and has already had 5 loans with the institution, all used to improve his business. He thinks he needs to have a bigger amount of wood on stock in order to be able to build different furniture pieces and expand his clientele. He plans to expose his products in strategic spots where there's high circulation of people, so prospective buyers can see his work, since many people in town are still not familiar with the work he does.

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Translated from Portuguese by Kiva volunteer Mariana Lucca

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