A loan of $1,575 helped to buy bags of tagua seeds to manufacture buttons.

Francisco Gonzalo's story

Francisco lives in Montecristi, a city close to Manta. He is 37 years old and is married to Maria, who is a housewife. They have three children who are 14, 11 and 7 years old, all of whom are attending government run schools.

Francisco has a small business, making buttons from tagua seeds. Before he was working in construction as a laborer, but he realized this business would be more beneficial. He started the business because a neighbor had a similar business that was going well, he researched and found out that the product has a high value in other countries. He has had his business for ten years now, with various machines and a workspace for production. He now manages a portfolio of clients and providers. He has two employees who work in production from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. His wife, Maria, also helps in her free time. His main clients are clothing workshops where they make pants and shirts for export. He remembers when he first started his business, that he never would have imagined how far he has come, that it has become his principal form of income and that he is able to give work to others that need it.

The loan that he has requested is to buy bags of tagua seeds for production. His goal for the future is to buy more machines so that he can increase his production of buttons.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tricia Kell

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