A loan of $575 helped to purchase dowels, wicks, and handles for mops.

Harold Alonso's story

Harold Alonso is 43 years old and he has always found ways to manage in life, working from dawn till dusk as a street vendor in order to provide his family with staple food. Having not had the chance to study, he consequently found no job opportunities and so he decided to learn how to create cleaning tools such as sweepers, floor mops and brushes. He then set up a tools factory in his house with the help of his family, and having studied the market by observing it, he came to the conclusion that floor mops were the mostly required products, thus deciding to specialize in this article. He is currently requesting a loan to buy raw materials in order to increase his production and to start expanding his activity to other areas of the department of Antioquia, Colombia. His biggest dream is to succeed in starting a big company that will give him the chance to create job opportunities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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