A loan of $1,050 helped to buy tools.

Fortunato Candelario's story

Fortunato is 57 years old and a carpenter. He says that he learned his business from his father who showed him the trade when he was very young. Twelve years ago he ventured out on his own and opened his own workshop located in Duran. He tells us that he enjoys working with wood, making changes to it, and altering its physical form to create useful objects like furniture for the home, doors, desks, and beds. He tells us that he is in one of humanity’s oldest industries in which we can find different tools and methods of working with wood in every culture and region. Fortunato says that his current main competitor is aluminum, which is gaining much ground as a modern method. One of his main difficulties is transportation, which generates costs both when he buys his supplies and when he delivers the finished products, but things are going well and he plans to continue this way.

Fortunato is presently separated and his two children live with their mother, who he supports financially. He will use the money from this loan to buy tools with which to process the wood, hoping to develop the industry and provide employment, now that he currently has a helper. Good luck Fortunato.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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