Total loan: $1,450


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El Alto, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Services

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A loan helped To buy a truck motor to haul glass to recycle.

Severino's story

Severino is a 58 year old man who is separated and has adult children. His business is recycling glass. He is a modern person who pursues the path that will leave a habitable world to those that come after him. He thinks that planting a flower is better than smoking a cigarette. He has his business in the Cruce Villa Adela area that is known for being the crossroads leading to remote villages on the plateau. Severino has rough, hard skin that endures the severe cold of the plateau and short black hair like a piece of the night. His native language is Aymara that is spoken in the villages where he works, and he speaks Spanish. He lives his life taking care of his mother who doesn’t work because she is very old. They live in their own house made of adobe which has running water, electricity, and sewer service. His business is recycling glass. He travels in his truck to remote villages on the plateau to buy broken and whole bottles, and broken and whole glass of all types. He also collects from dumpsites. All glass is acceptable. He started his business 20 years ago, when he worked in a glass factory, in order to become independent and a raw material supplier. “The glass factory needs raw materials and I take charge of providing it,” he says. His business is successful because the factory buys all the material. The advantage of his business is that he finds glass everywhere he goes. The downside is that the motor of his truck doesn’t function properly, and he loses days of work repairing it. His dream is to buy a new truck for his work. He wants to buy a new motor to replace the one in his truck that is damaged. It is for these reasons that Severino is requesting a loan—to buy a motor for his truck to haul glass to recycle. This is the first sequence of loans with the institution in the 20 years that he has had this business.