A loan of $1,000 helped building materials.

Jerry Jose's story

Jerry is 38 years old and works as a construction mason. He lives in Orquídeas de Guayaquil (an urban zone named “Orquídeas,” meaning orchids, because there were many orchids growing there when the area was discovered).

His father taught him to be a mason when he was a boy. When he grew up and realized that he needed money to pay his expenses, he began working as a mason, both independently and under contract, so that he could support his wife and three children, ages nine, five, and six. He does all kinds of construction of homes, remodeling, etc.

Now he needs a loan to buy zinc metal sheeting, bricks, and sand so that he can build a house and be able to pay for his children’s education. In the future he would like to finish his own house because the streets flood in the winter.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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