A loan of $500 helped to buy materials to complete building two rooms and a bathroom.

Manuel's story

Manuel works selling insoles for shoes. He has been doing this for 60 years and is well known around town. He has been living in a single room house for the last eight years and has saved for a while to make additions to his house. He wishes to add a room for a kitchen, another for a living room, and a complete bathroom.

Manuel has no technical knowledge of construction and he buys materials in small quantities, meaning he misses out on savings from bulk prices. Manuel has been saving and is asking for credit to complete the payment of the materials needs. By working with Ecoblock International he will also be part of a program that gives borrowers building materials at bulk prices, technical training, assistance, and supervision to make sure that construction meets all safety and quality regulations.

From his business, Manuel makes $600 USD a month. Given his age and the informality of his business, he has no opportunity for credit from other institutions. Manuel has invested a lot of time and effort into his home renovations and he wishes to finish this work the right way. This is the opportunity he has to make it right.

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