A loan of $725 helped to buy raw material for the production of gymnasium equipment.

Jorge Ivan's story

Enterprising is the best way to describe Jorge Ivan, someone who, thanks to his charisma and desire to get ahead, has progressed as a businessman, doing the job that he likes the most.

Jorge Ivan is 43 years old, he is married and is a father to 2 children. He worked in a city gymnasium for more than 12 years, as the person responsible for setting up and maintaining the equipment. Jorge Ivan did not want to continue doing this job due to the poor pay. He decided to go down the road of independence and he set up his own workshop for gymnasium equipment, where he manufactures and performs maintenance for several gymnasiums in the city. This provides Jorge Ivan with the necessary income to maintain his household.

Jorge Ivan currently has a contract to deliver some gymnasium machines to a very good customer of his and he needs more raw material to complete the production of this and other machines. However, he does have enough money due to the fact that his customer will pay him once the machine is delivered. Therefore Jorge Ivan is hoping that a loan will provide him with the possibility to purchase raw materials such as iron and metal among other items, for the production of the machines for the gym.

Jorga Ivan is hoping that his business will grow and become a point of reference in the region so that he will be able to generate employment for people who need it most and also to generate sufficient income for the progression of his family. Jorge Ivan dreams of providing his wife with a better quality of life and providing his 2 children with access to quality education. He dreams that his family will have economic security in the future, allowing them to overcome adverse situations, like those which he has surpassed in life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam O'Brien

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