A loan of $1,200 helped build a gallery/workshop.


Manuel's story

Manuel Antonio Bianco L. is a great artisan. He wants to build a place that he could use as a gallery and as a workshop where he could paint his beautiful pictures.

He lives in Puerto Jimenez in Puntarenas, one of the most exotic and pretty areas in Costa Rica. All of his life he has been a shoemaker. However, upon arriving in this area for the first time he was captivated by its beautiful scenery and the variety of wild animals in the region. Therefore, he started to paint and create wood figures of the animals. His 17 year old daughter has also been inspired, and two of her paintings are on display in important galleries in Italy.

Manuel wants a loan for ¢600,000 (six hundred thousand colones) to start building said location. He is a member of Raíces Capitales S.A., one of the 100 member organizations of EDESA in Costa Rica. This will be his first loan, and he is very motivated to be able to continue his dream and to support his daughter.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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