A loan of $425 helped to buy laurel and Guanacaste wood to make furniture such as beds, wardrobes and rocking chairs.

Juan Inocente's story

Juan is a microentrepreneur who makes wood furniture such as beds, wardrobes and rocking chairs. He has worked in this trade for 11 years.

Before he had his own business, Juan was a high school student. On his own initiative he started to work in a furniture workshop in his community, where he quickly learned to build and decorate wood items. Because of his skill for manual tasks, he decided to buy tools and start his own business, which is his current workshop.

Although his business has grown, Juan needs a loan for working capital to meet the demand for his furniture, which is especially high for wood beds.

Juan aspires to grow as a microentrepreneur and study a university career that will give him better opportunities to expand his small business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson

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