A loan of $800 helped to buy an industrial drill, a hand press, a small bending machine, a welding machine, and some items from a scrap yard.


John Jairo's story

John, 41, is married and has three children, for whom he works hard to support. Since childhood, he has has an affinity for making handicrafts. He collected things that others had thrown away and made them into useful, decorative objects to sell to family and acquaintances. With time, he became responsible for supporting his family, as he had a son at a young age. So he looked for a job that would provide steady income to pay for his family's needs. This meant that he could only work as an artist in his spare time; however, he never lost interest in the profession. He says that it is better to make art from discarded materials and not contaminate the environment; moreover, he can earn additional income for his family by doing this.

He has applied for a loan to buy an industrial drill, a hand press, a small bending machine, a welding machine, and some items from a scrap yard. He will be able to make better use of his time and improve his merchandise, specifically for the December holiday season when demand picks up. John dreams of making this work his main source of income, setting up the business, and being able to offer jobs to family members so that he can be totally independent and slowly raise the standard of living of those he loves.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer



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