A loan of $600 helped to buy t-shirts, paint, and stamping blocks.

Anonymous's story

Marcos, age 41, lives in Guayaquil. He is a single man and has no children. He started with his business when he learned how to stamp shirts. He sold them to the people who went to the same church that he did. Little by little, his sales grew, and he started to sell the shirts that he stamped to people in other areas and institutions.

He currently continues with his business of stamping shirts. However, one of his difficulties is that his illness is PVVS (patient living with HIV/AIDS). The odor from the paint when stamping the shirts weakens him, since his illness causes his defenses to go down. He works from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Marcos has a great desire to continue with his business. He wants to use the loan to buy shirts to stamp, paints, and stamping blocks.

His words were:
"I hope to continue having God's help and blessing to be able to continue moving forward in spite of my health, and in this way have a formal workshop and give work to my friends and colleagues who are in the same situation as I am. I know that if I can continue moving forward - and one always must believe in a tomorrow - that there is hope to be able to enjoy one more day with my family."

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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