A loan of $1,575 helped to buy lumber.

Juan Carlos's story

Juan is a very cheerful person who always tries to be responsible in his work. He is 34 years old and has been married to his wife, Ángeles, for fourteen years. Together, they have formed a family with four children who attend school. Juan has a carpentry shop where he makes home furniture such as doors, staircases, wood flooring, and other items. He jokingly commented, “I can make anything, from toothpicks to Noah’s Ark”. Juan says that he started his business from necessity. Previously, he worked as a carpenter and this is how he learned, but he liked it so much that he decided to start his own business. He says that he doesn’t have difficulties except that there are days when he needs a little more money to get his material. But thanks to the loan, he will be able to complete some orders that are pending.

This time he is requesting a loan for a higher amount to buy more wood to make his furniture. He says that the price of wood has gone up and this has made it difficult to purchase wood, plywood, hardware, and other supplies. But thanks to the loan, he will be able to purchase the wood. Carlos is very grateful because he has gone through many loan cycles with VisionFund and Kiva. He has invested the loans in his carpentry shop, which has generated more work for him. He is very proud of this result because he has been able to hire more people to work in his shop. Juan is very determined to have a larger carpenter’s shop where he will have more woodworking tools and all the facilities necessary to provide better service.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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