Pak Martin owns a shop in his neighborhood ("Pak" means something like "father" and is used to identify a person respectfully.). His shop is located on a strategic corner in the neighborhood, and is painted pink. His neighbors call his shop the pinky Shop.
In this shop, he sells various everyday items and provides extraordinary services. The items he sells include food, drinks, mineral water, rice, instant noodles, stationery, and lamps and other electrical devices. Also--last but not least--he provides tire repair services.
Pak Martin runs this business along with his wife. However, he will be the one who interacts more with the customers and makes sure they are happy with the services he provides. Pak Martin has three sons. The oldest is 24, the second one is 23, and the youngest one is 18 years old.
For quite some time, Pak Martin has been very interested in becoming a Loket Ruma agent. The ones who encouraged him the most are actually all of his neighbors. The reason is that with a Loket Ruma business, he can actually provide more value-added services for his customers and generate more income for his family. His customers, who are mostly his neighbors, would come to his Warung Pinki and pay their bills. He hopes that most of the payments will be for electricity bills. This loan will serve as a damage deposit for the electronic data capture (EDC) device that as an agent, Pak Martin will use to enter payments and print receipts for customers.
About PT Ruma
PT Ruma provides entrepreneurs with micro-business packages that utilize mobile phones to send and receive funds. The organization creates employment opportunities for the poor by helping them become entrepreneurs through sales of telecom and bill pay services provided by PT Ruma. Kiva loans provide these entrepreneurs with the start-up capital they need to begin operating selling these services.