A loan of $750 helped to pay for the completion of his thesis and to buy materials for his work.

Wilson Israel's story

Wilson is a 25-year-old gentleman who lives in Santo Domingo, the fourth largest city in Ecuador. Its population is rapidly growing and there is a great deal of trade that takes place at the wholesale livestock markets. The average temperature is around 25.5°C, but sometimes it gets up to 38 °C. The entire province of Santo Domingo de Los Tsáchilas lies in the mountainous territory along the western coast. It has been known historically as Yumbos Province and the Capital of Los Colibríes (the Hummingbirds). Santo Domingo is located in a tropical area of Latin America and is a newly-created province that was formed in 2007.

Wilson has been a metal worker for three years. He learned the trade from his father and continues to work with him to this day. Wilson is taking formal classes, but he needs money to complete his thesis. He also needs a small amount of money to buy materials for his work. For this reason, he submitted a request to Fundación Alternativa, the intermediary organization that is connecting Wilson to a Kiva loan so that he can complete his personal objectives. Even though he is receiving his first loan, the credit assessor's evaluation determined that Wilson is at low risk of default.

Wilson works six hours a day. His job is of considerable risk since welding metal objects emits gases that are highly toxic. Despite this risk, he continue with his work since it is his current means of support. Wilson is very optimistic of receiving his professional degree in the near future. His dream is to earn his degree and eventually build a house of his own someday.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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