Total loan: $10,000


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Pittsburgh, PA, United States / Services

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Harry's story

Hello! My name is Harry and my wife, Sheila, and I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This is the second Kiva Zip loan for my business (you can find my first, which I repaid early, here: https://zip.kiva.org/loans/1921), and it has been a great journey so far! If you had asked me eight years ago what I'd be doing today, I would have told you that owning an indoor bicycle park was my dream, but seemed like an impossible road to take. I would more than likely still be running my construction company. My previous work experience has been a crazy journey that has taken me from digging ditches in my back yard for my father, to sorting clothes in a windowless warehouse, to moving pianos, to teaching english in Taiwan, to becoming the first American to race in the Taiwanese National Motorcycle Grand Prix, to being a Chinese translator for American Express, to being a motorcycle mechanic, to starting a construction company, to now. When I looked back at my personal story from my first loan application, I read the statement, "My passions are with cycling, community, health, and education, so I know those values will be expressed in some form in the future." I now realize how fortunate I have been and that there are so many great people out there in all of those areas that I have been able to work with, learn from, and hopefully even offer support to.