A loan of $375 helped to provide his car with necessary maintenance.

Mario's story

Mario is 45 years old and he lives in his own home together with his wife Irene, 42 years old, and their young son Marti, 10 years old. They live in a commercial district located north of the city. Since he was young he learned to drive a car and later when he had a family to support, he never thought twice about providing taxi services in the streets of this great city. Many years have passed and he now has a steady source of income, especially because he does not only work with occasional passengers but he also has some steady clients that call him when they need to travel safely and securely. Additionally, since it is his own care that he drives he decides his own routes and his own schedule. He likes to work alone in the days and at nights he rests. Generally he starts work at 6 in the morning and finishes at 6 in the evening, only taking a break for lunch. This is a typical day for the hard working person. In the future he has planned to purchase another car and rent it out. This is a first time loan through MFP (Kiva Field Partner) and he is committed to making his payments on time. He does not want to disappoint the people that made this loan possible, a loan that will let him continue his work. Mario will invest the loan requested in the purchase of new tires for his car. The ones on his car now are very old. He will also bring his car to the repair shop for maintenance. This way he expects to improve the service he is able to offer.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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