A loan of $1,075 helped to be able to fix and maintain his vehicle.

Reinaldo Eliecer's story

Reinaldo lives in the city of Latacunga, the capital of the province of Cotopaxi. Latacunga is located in the central highland of Ecuador at the foot of the most active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi, the same one that has destroyed the city three times in its history. Latacunga has a temperate climate and an average temperature of 12°C. The city is known for its beautiful countryside that consists of a mixture of colonial architecture and a beautiful view of part of the Andes mountain range. The city is also known for being a great representative of Ecuadorian folklore in various traditions and festivities such as "La Mama Negra" (The Black Mother) which depends on a mixture of Spanish, Indigenous, and African culture.

Reinaldo is 52 years old and lives with his spouse of 47 and his minor son. Reinaldo never finished high school, but nonetheless decided to push through by creating his own business that is now two years old. Reinaldo works as a taxi driver. He works 12 hours per day in order to provide for his family by means of the income he makes with his service. Unfortunately, the car that he uses is not in the best of conditions. As a result, Reinaldo is asking for a loan from Kiva by way of "fundación alternativa" in order to be able to fix and maintain his vehicle. This way, he will be able to have a secure income and be able to increase them. So, he will be able to bring a better quality of life to his family and a better future to his son.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Daniel Lemon

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