A loan of $1,600 helped to purchase construction materials.

Angel's story

Angel is 32 years old and is married to Rosa, who is 30 years old. Together they have four children.

They live in the canton capital of Alausí, which is located in central Ecuador, within the province of Chimborazo. Its geography is irregular: it has subtropical valleys, moors, and huge depressions where small but fast-flowing rivers descend. Each of its nine parishes is known for their cultural characteristics, festivities, and folklore. Alausí has an indigenous population which mostly descends from the Coya groups from the Titicaca river banks.

Angel works as a builder, or what is known in his area as a building contractor, which is someone who carries out large remodeling jobs for houses or even entire building brojects, but brings his own machinery and all the equipment and tools necessary, so that whoever hires him doesn't have to worry about any details. He works eight hours a day along with his father and also hires other builders, depending on the project. Currently, lack of capital has delayed some projects, which is why he wants to invest in materials, so that he can offer his customers better service and also attract new customers.

He has suffered some family problems in his life which he considers small. However, he believes that in spite of all he has a beautiful family who he will provide with a better quality of life if he manages to grow as an entrepreneur.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis

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