A loan of $1,625 helped to buy raw materials and to hire someone to help him with production.

Victor Raul's story

Victor, 61, grew up in a family of scarce economic resources so when he finished elementary school he started to help his parents working hard doing heavy work. Now, he’s married to Georgina, 72, and they’ve gone through obstacles together like the inability to have children since treatments were very costly. However, they’ve gotten ahead and live in Latacunga, capital of Cotopaxi Province, one of the provinces that make up the Sierra Region of Ecuador and that in recent years has developed significantly and is now considered one of the region’s most important thanks to the flower growing industry, mining, metallurgy, agroindustry, agriculture and animal husbandry. In addition, there are businesses established here that generate important income transforming it into a commercial city with several opportunities for getting ahead. Although there’s a high poverty index, the enterprising spirit of its residents has made the city stand out. Families can be found both in the rural and urban sectors that stand out because of their skills in taking off with an idea that can generate profits for them in order to obtain daily sustenance.

Victor learned from his parents how to manufacture concrete blocks and thanks to his enterprising spirit has been doing this work for the last 32 years. He works every day for between 10 and 12 hours and even this is not enough to meet customer demand mainly because production is time consuming and requires much care.

Victor is asking Fundación Alternativa for a loan to buy materials and to pay a person to help him with production so that he can offer a larger number of bricks and attract more customers and increase his profits that he’ll use to support him and his wife for a stable future with good health and also to pay some pending tax debts. Victor is thankful for Kiva’s involvement in being part of this step towards growth both in his work and in his family life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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