A loan of $650 helped to buy more timber for re-sale.

Emmanuel's story

Greetings from Emmanuel B. in Nyamagabe District, in the southern province of Rwanda! Emmanuel is 31 years old, married with 6 children and 1 orphan, adopted after the 1994 Genocide.

Emmanuel sells timber to the local builders and carpenters. Many houses in the rural areas and in his home town are built with timber and also, carpenters buy his timber to make chairs, tables, beds, windows, doors, etc. Besides the timber business, he also sells charcoal, which is used for cooking by many families in his hometown.

With the income, he has been able to buy plot of land where he grows trees for timber to be sold in the future. He has been able to build a house for his family. Recently, he was able to buy himself a mobile phone to communicate with his customers.

He is applying for a loan worth 350,000 Frws to buy more sacks of charcoal to be sold in the nearby local market and buy more timber, which is in demand by carpenters in his town. This loan will be repaid in 8 months.

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