A loan of $1,700 helped buy tagua nut.

Cesar Eduardo's story

Cesar was born 25 years ago in Montecristi. He is married and has 2 children. He tells us that his hometown is a busy tourist destination. Its landscapes and climate are very attractive. It is also known for being the place where the Parliament convenes, where the President and his cabinet make decisions for the future of the country. Other attractive features include the beaches and a great variety of food. Cesar started his business 2 years ago, not on his own but on the suggestion of a friend who was already versed in the trade. He makes and sells tagua nut buttons. In Ecuador, they are very common, but abroad, they are considered a great example of traditional handicraft and are very valuable. His operation consists of himself and a female employee, and they both make buttons from 7 am to 5 pm. His wife also helps when she is not at work or taking care of their children. The loan will be used to buy tagua nut, the raw material out of which he fashions buttons. His goal for the future is to buy machines to make products out of tagua nut.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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