A loan of $300 helped to buy wood, paint, sand and plywood in volumes that can increase production.

Wilson Rafael's story

Wilson is 47 years old and lives in the south west of the city with his wife. He has 7 children ranging in age from 15 to 26 years, and he dreams that they will become successful people. He has 15 years of experience in manufacturing furniture for dining rooms, bedrooms, and living rooms. He has his own cabinetmaker's shop, located on the side of his house, which he started based on his uncle's teaching of the trade. The products in greatest demand are entertainment centers, as well as bedroom and dining sets. For that reason, although he can build all the lines, recently he has focused on these products. In his business he handles all of the labor, purchasing and marketing: He purchases the wood, the polish, does the cut preparation and assembly, as well as the finishing and sales. He completes his sales at small stores located in a commercial corridor in the center of town as well as through people referred to him via the market. His daily work is intense. He begins his work at 7:00 am and continues to 7:00 pm each day and strives to perfect his technique in order to help his family get ahead. Currently he is applying for a loan from Kiva, the first financing that he is requesting from the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation. With the loan he will buy wood, paint, sand and plywood in volumes that can increase production and improve his sales volume, which is what makes the Kiva loan a successful investment.

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