A loan of $1,375 helped to buy wood and rent space to manufacture charcoal.

Santos's story

Santos, 46, is married and has two children, ages 4 and 16. He lives in his own house with his family. Santos makes charcoal, which is why he rents land in an area outside the city, where he works every day. He buys leftover wood from nearby carpenters. Then he installs ceramic ovens where he puts the wood. He covers it in sawdust, lights it, and then waits several weeks until the wood is baked enough to turn into charcoal. He has been in this business for more than five years and he says that it is very demanding, but profitable. He has with two workers and occasionally works with his mother-in-law. What he likes about his work is that he can work with some of his family members. He is also constantly having fun and pleasant conversations with the owners of other ovens in his area while they wait for their goods to be done. He hopes that his business keeps growing at the same rhythm. This is his fifth loan from Kiva. He is very glad for the financial support they are a providing to him, since he will feel secure in moving forward with his business. He promises to make his payments on time. With the amount he is asking for, 3,500 soles, he will buy several boxes of discarded wood and he will rent the space he uses to continue making charcoal.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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