Juan Pablo Ordóñez Loma – Service, Construction (Catamayo, Ecuador)
Juan Pablo is a carpenter and welder. He is 26 years old and single, and lives in the town of Catamayo. He learned carpentry through practice as a teenager, and later studied welding and industrial mechanics at an artisan center. He learned how to manufacture windows, doors, gates and railings among other items. Juan Pablo has had his own workshop for the past six years.
He requested a loan in order to buy new equipment, including a new soldering machine, as well as supplies for a large pending roofing order. The loan is being handled by Fundación de Apoyo Comunitario y Social del Ecuador (FACES) a nongovernmental organization established to contribute to the economic and social development of the southern region of Ecuador, in particular to facilitate empowerment of marginalized and/or vulnerable social and economic groups, through the provision of microfinance and other development support.