A loan of $250 helped to purchase materials and tools for making windows and doors.

Walter Marcelino's story

Walter is originally from Palacaguina, a small region in the Department of Madriz. He is 30 years old, single, employed, and has a 9 year old son who is in the fourth grade. For the past five years, Walter has been making doors and windows out of glass and aluminum.

Walter started working in this trade after he completed his fifth year of secondary school since he had no other way of paying for a university degree. He left Palacaguina to find work and went to Estelí. A cousin helped him out by offering him an apprenticeship at a glass and aluminum workshop where he started out as an assistant. Three years later, he was able to teach other young people since there were more orders for doors and windows. Once he worked five years at the workshop, Walter decided to become independent and start working alone. Over time he was able to buy tools with the income from the orders he received. Whenever he receives large orders, Walter will find assistants to help him complete the work. He also travels outside of the region to look for new customers.

The loan he is requesting will be used to buy materials such as aluminum, screws, and tools for his job. This will help facilitate his work so that he can complete his orders and provide better quality finishes to the doors and windows that he produces. As a result, he will be able to attract new customers. Walter has future plans to open his own shop and furnish it with modern equipment of high quality, as well as hire permanent employees.

His immediate goals are to acquire sufficient materials to complete the large orders he has received. Walter has money saved up to secure a good education for his son since he was not able to continue his own education. He has faith that his son will be able to accomplish this. In addition, Walter would like to have a vehicle to help him deliver orders and transport equipment more quickly.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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