A loan of $1,050 helped to buy raw materials for making his handicrafts.

Gabriel Jaime's story

On a sidewalk in the east of Antioquia department, in the town of El Carmen de Viboral which is noted for its great craftspeople, you will find the home of Gabriel who is a great expert in making and selling organic wood handicrafts and woven products together with his wife and one of his three daughters who are his greatest motivation and support. Gabriel has carried out this beautiful work for 20 years, during which time he has participated in craft fairs and traveled on the first Saturday of every month to Medellín to take part in the San Alejo craft fair. This is a very famous craft fair in the city. All the craftspeople who sell their products to the inhabitants and tourists in Medellín gather there.

Gabriel would like to buy raw materials so that he can continue making his products and meet his demand for orders and craft fairs which are approaching with the end-of-year season. In this way, he will increase his income and so be able to continue providing for his household and providing his three daughters and wife with a better quality of life. At 48 years of age, Gabriel would like to build his own home and provide his daughters, who are 17, 16 and 13 years old, with everything they need. The girls see their father as the best example to follow.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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