A loan of $1,000 helped to buy cement and blocks.

Jose Ramon's story

José is 47 years old. He has been a master builder for 7 years. He lives with his wife and 16 year-old son in El Paraíso, a district which is noted for its dirt roads and hills.

José learned his trade seven years ago so that he could support his family. His brother helps him in his work. To make more income for his family he also sells fish. He works from 3.00am in the market selling fish until 6.00am when he starts his building work on different building sites as and when he is hired.

He will use his loan to fix up his house. He will buy cement, paint and blocks. In the future he would like to have premises to set up a business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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