100% of the proceeds from sales of my first book are donated to entrepreneurs all over the world through Kiva. Together, we are helping people follow their dreams, support themselves, their families, and community. Below are some of the lives we have touched. Thank you for your support!
Elsa Joaquin, 53, lost her dear partner in life, but now lives for her one child, who is in college. They currently stay in Caloocan City, Philippines. With all heart and strength, Elsa strives to make sure she gives her child a good life. Elsa manages a computer shop, which is up and growing a year after it was started. Elsa offers Internet access to people in her community, particularly to the young generation who use the Web for educational purposes as well as for entertainment. More on Elsa here.
Mr. Alioune Mbaye, aged 33, is a young and highly dynamic single man who has been selling haberdashery items for ten years. He chose this activity because of his love for this trade. He will use the loan to buy haberdashery items in order to boost his inventory and diversify his supply. He lives in Dakar, Senegal.
Napoleón Perez Vallesteros is 44 years old and offers musical services in Leon, Nicaragua. For 10 years he has been dedicated to this humbling business and is a hard working man. He uses the income he earns for his 2 children who are most important to him. For this he is very interested in giving them an education and maintaining his house. He enjoys his job. Since he was a young child he liked playing the piano and it was later that he decided to offer his services in different places. It is for this that he is soliciting a loan to buy music accesories.
Elvira Quino Condori of Bolivia sells polleras (skirts worn by the women in the western part of the country) and blankets made of llama wool. Elvira has a stand on the panoramic avenue named La Riel. She is a very shy person, but she is very kind. She relates very well to her customers. Her husband is a driver and they have a son. Her dream is to give a good education to her children and that they become good people. She will use the loan to buy five rolls of lace for making the skirts.
Señor Ángel Ricardo Ortiz is 30-years-old and lives in Managua, Nicaragua. He lives with his wife, who works as a domestic employee to help him pay their home's expenses since they have two children: a 6-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl. They are currently in school. Their plans for their family are to be able to construct two rooms so their children can live more comfortably. Don Ángel has worked in agriculture for 10 years. The most difficult thing he has faced is the lack of financing and the gases from the volcano, which affect the blooming period of his crops. He started as a farmer with the help of his father, who taught him how to work the land starting when he was young. He will invest this loan in the purchase of supplies and fertilizers so he can have a better harvest this year.
I want to sincerely thank all of you for adding my book to your collection. My goal is to help several more people, and as such I will continue to donate ALL proceeds from my book sales to Kiva. If you would like to pick up a copy of the book, here is the link. Thank you very much!