A loan of $1,200 helped to buy glass, plastic and liquids.

Jorge Armando's story

Jorge is 48 years old. He makes and sells lenses. He lives in a peri-urban area in Fortín de Guayaquil which is an area noted for its dirt roads.

Jorge signed up for a course on how to make lenses since there was nobody with this type of business where he lived. Once he finished the course he invested his savings in materials for making lenses and began to sell to his acquaintances in the street. Little by little, he built up a list of customers and began to sell more. He works varied hours, visiting his customers. The price of the lenses which he sells varies according to their magnification. They sell for approximately $10 - $25.

Jorge would like to use his loan to buy plastic to make frames and liquids for his lenses. In the future he would like to finish building his house as it is currently made from cane and bricks. He would also like to have premises from which he can sell his lenses.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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