A loan of $825 helped build another brick oven.

Leoncio's story

Mr. Leoncio Álvarez is from the city of San Estanislao. He is 57 years old and devotes himself to making charcoal. He has two ovens where he produces 1000 kilograms (2205 lbs) of charcoal per week. He has a large customer base already built up, so he has a good income, thanks to his fair dealings with the customers as well as the high quality of his product.

He will invest this credit in the construction of another oven, since he has a lot of orders to fulfill, particularly for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays. He wishes everyone in the world who uses Kiva to invest in small businesses like his a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from his country.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund

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