A loan of $1,075 helped to buy tools for treating and polishing wood.

Porfirio Omar's story

Omar is 31 years old and has been working since he was a child, helping his parents. However, he never neglected his studies and succeeded in completing secondary school. Omar has had to bring up his two children alone. Named Charly (11 years old) and Ximena (seven years), his children are the reason that this strong man gets up to work hard and support the household. As a result of various bad circumstances, Omar lives alone with his children in the Los Bancos canton, in one of Ecuador's biggest provinces, Pichincha. Only a few kilometres from the city of Quito, Los Bancos has a variety of forests and its neighbourhoods are filled with friendly people and local traditions. Many microbusinesses are to be found here, all run by entrepreneurs that fight every day to make their dreams a reality. Other important industries in the area are agriculture and cattle raising. This produces an abundance of crops which are later sold and distributed to many different provinces. The canton also has various tourist attractions such as waterfalls, rivers, paths and seaside resorts where tourists come for adventure sports that can practiced safely here.

Omar sells wood. He learned this trade with his parents from a young age and it later became his living. At the beginning it was difficult to enter the market as obtaining the necessary permits is quite difficult. However, Omar did not give up and kept going until his business was set up. Now he has been doing this work for 15 years, working at least ten hours a day locating, carrying, cleaning and polishing wood. The tools he uses are worn out and he now needs to buy new ones. For this Omar needs a loan, so he has asked for help from Fundación Alternativa who, thanks to Kiva and to all of you, will be able to help this father offer a better product to his customers. As a result, he will increase his customer base and, consequently, his income. This will allow him to provide his children with an upbringing based on values and excellence so that one day they can contribute to the social and economic growth of Ecuador.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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