A loan of $1,000 helped to buy saws, molding presses and tools.

Jorge Washington's story

Jorge, 49, lives in an urban zone in El Guasmo (named after a species of tree, Guazuma ulmifolia. El Guasmo is a popular, humble neighborhood that used to be a hacienda in Guayaquil). His house is cement and has all basic utilities. He has a car repair and metal working shop.

He started out as a shop assistant and then gradually bought some machinery and tools to open his own shop. He has an employee that helps him. He works from 8am until 6pm.

With help from the loan he wants to buy saws ($240), molding presses ($150) and assorted tools ($100) for his shop. In the future he wants to buy other machines to equip himself for the demand of work he has.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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