A loan of $700 helped to buy supplies and raw materials to make hand-crafted vases and flowers.

Daniel's story

Daniel is a 55 year-old widower who has poured all of his creativity and talent into colorful vases and flowers that he has been making by hand for a number of years in his workshop "Ainter Florez" in the Las Nieves neighborhood. To do this, he uses a variety of materials such as craft foam, wood, rope, paints, glue and other materials, which he combines in such a way so as to create the striking products that have been so well received in the market. Previously, Daniel worked in transportation, but seeing that he had some free time to do another activity to generate income, he accepted the proposal from an acquaintance to sell glass vases, to which he added flowers that he made so that they would be more colorful and attractive to the customers. This went very well, but he still believed that he could derive more income from his abilities and make more of the vases. For this reason, he came up with the idea of using wood, a more durable material that he could decorate. Today, he sells the completed decorative item in the various neighborhoods of the city. To do this, he relies on a vendor who offers his products for sale, mainly on credit, with weekly or bi-weekly payments. One of Daniel's main challenges has been to maintain his business with the small amount of working capital that he has, because it is not sufficient to expand into new neighborhoods and respond to his customer's orders. This is why he is requesting his first loan from the Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. With this loan, he will buy the raw materials and supplies he needs to make more products. He is certain that this will be successful for his business, because it will make his sales grow, along with his income. In the future, he would like to acquire a vehicle that would allow him to further develop his work and optimize the use of his time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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