A loan of $825 helped to buy an overlock sewing machine that will allow him to fill his customers' orders that need this machine.

Ivan De Jesus's story

Ivan has been a person who has gone through a lot of adversity in life. Nonetheless, his constant struggle and his ability to overcome have helped him to get ahead. Ivan is a single father who is raising his 17 year old son, since the boy's mother abandoned them a long time ago. That is why Ivan works hard everyday to generate income for his home, where he lives with his mother and son.

Ivan works making clothing for people. He has done this for approximately 13 years. Thanks to this, Ivan obtains enough income to offer his mother and his son everything they need.

At present, Ivan has very good orders from his customers. Nonetheless, he has had to turn some down because he doesn't have enough machines to do the jobs. That is why Ivan intends to buy an overlocking sewing machine because it will allow him to fill those orders that he has had to turn down. Nonetheless, Ivan doesn't have enough capital to buy a machine, so he hopes that a loan will offer him the possibility of being able to buy the overlocking sewing machine, so that he won't have to turn down customers' orders that need that machine.

Ivan dreams of his business generating more income, allowing him to give his mother and son a better quality of life. In addition, Ivan dreams of his son being able to access a university education and thus be prepared to have a well paid job in the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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