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Esteban is 44 years old and he is a carpenter. He has been married to 39 year old Mirian for 18 years. They have one 7 year old child who is going to school at the moment.

Esteban said that he began his carpentry 14 years ago but formerly he worked as a farmer. Nevertheless, he left this activity because he realized that his calling was carpentry, and it was thus that he began to work in the profession. Now he makes furniture, kitchen utensils, clothes hangers, and all types of crafts in wood that soon he returns to resell at the big supermarkets, primarily of the Capitol.

Now he needs a loan in order to buy wood for the creation of his products.

Translated from Spanish by Jessica Kaminsky, Kiva Volunteer.

Esteban tiene 44 años de edad y es carpintero de profesión, está casado hace 18 años con Mirian quien tiene 39 años. Tienen un solo hijo que tiene 7 años de edad que actualmente va a la escuela.

Esteban comenta que montó su carpintería hace 14 años pero que anteriormente se dedicaba a la agricultura. Sin embargo dejó dicha actividad debido a que se dió cuenta que lo suyo era la carpintería y fue así que comenzó a trabajar en la profesión.

Actualmente fabrica muebles, utensilios de cocina, perchas para ropas y todo tipo de trabajos en madera que luego vuelve a revender a los grandes supermercados, principalmente de la capital.

Ahora necesita un crédito para la compra de maderas para la elaboración de sus productos.

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About Fundación Paraguaya

Fundación Paraguaya is a financially self-sustaining social enterprise that promotes entrepreneurship in urban and rural areas through microfinance, education programs, and more. Its focus on agriculture has helped many farmers boost their crop yields. And a number of other borrowers have taken out loans to start and grow social businesses that have helped deliver eyeglasses, medicines and other helpful services in their local communities.

About Paraguay

  • $8,400
    Average annual income
  • 30
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    Paraguay Loans Fundraising
  • $37,305,300
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 4,267.0
    Paraguay Guarani (PYG) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $950 helped Esteban to buy wood.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 28, 2008
May 13, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 15, 2009