A loan of $1,200 helped purchase construction materials so that he can build a space in his house for his locksmith shop.

Cesar Alberto's story

Cesar is 54 years old and lives in Primavera de Duran, a periurban area situated near the Guayas River that has a deteriorating ecosystem. He operates a locksmith shop in order to support his wife and four children.

From a young age, Cesar learned about the locksmith business from his father. Growing up he had few opportunities, so he ended up doing what his father had taught him. Over time and with effort, Cesar was able to acquire his own tools that were sufficient for the job. In order to install a workshop in his house, he needs to do some remodeling work and will use this loan to buy cement, blocks, and sand.

In the future, he wants to expand his business and have more customers so that he can secure his family’s future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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