A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase materials to replace ampules of amalgum that contains mercury, which is dangerous for patients' health.


Tomás's story

Tomas is a maker of dental prostheses and a single father, who lives with his daughter in a rental house [under an 'anticretico' contract] in the Cemetery zone of La Paz city. He works more than 8 hours per day, since this is his only source of income for the family. Tomas needs a loan to purchase materials to replace amalgam fillings that contain mercury, because this is harmful to health and, in addition, amalgam fillings are a non-industrial source of contamination due to their mercury, which also is considered a micro-environmental problem. Tomas' dream is for his daughter to finish her studies and have her own house.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD



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