A loan of $800 helped to buy lumber, paint and decorations.

Carlos Alfredo's story

Carlos Alfredo, 21, is a young man dedicated to providing funeral services. He’s married and lives with his wife in the town of Danli.

Carlos learned his craft working as an assistant in a funeral parlor for a year. One day the opportunity to acquire a funeral parlor arose and he did not have to think about it twice and decided to take on the adventure of no longer being a salaried employee and becoming a micro businessman. Since then, Carlos has had his own funeral parlor and his wife helps him with customer service. He’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and even on holidays. During the day, Carlos goes out to offer his funeral services and tries to get contracts and during the night he rests and tries to be at the funeral parlor even though the installations are closed unless there’s a wake taking place. He’s always alert to the doorbell and telephone because he fears being assaulted.

Carlos is requesting the loan to buy various materials like lumber, paint and decorations. Support from the loan will make it possible for him to have a wider variety of products to meet each family’s needs.

His challenge is being able to buy a vehicle because when he is contracted to provide in-home services he has to pay transportation cost for everything necessary for the wake. His dream is to own several funeral parlors in different parts of El Paraíso Department.

This is Carlos’ first loan and he expects to make all his installment payments punctually.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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