A loan of $725 helped to service his sewing machines and to buy more supplies to do his work.

Jose Manuel's story

José, 34, is married and has two children who are 12 and 10 years old. His activity is designing and manufacturing children's sportswear. The designs are his own and they are simple which makes them affordable. His workshop is located in the city of La Paz’s Sewenkani zone. This is the first loan he’s taken in Emprender and José will use it to repair one of his overlock sewing machines and also to buy supplies to do his work. The reason for taking out this loan is that he’s a member of one of the agency’s groups, called “Sewenkani,” after the zone’s he lives in. It’s a good group that has had no delays and that has good teamwork.

The business challenge José faces is that he’s partially disabled, he has dysplasia that his mother was unable to correct when he was a baby and now he limps a bit. His wish is that his children become professionals. His wish for his business is that he acquires a house in the ‘anticrético’ modality [transaction whereby a property owner requests a "loan" from you in exchange for housing, which must be paid back to you at the end of your contract. If your loan is not repaid, the property owner could lose the property to you] in order to have a larger workshop than the one he has now. His workshop is small and cold because of the zone and it damages his and his children’s health.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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