A loan of $1,000 helped purchase sheet metal.

Felix Eladio's story

Félix Ramírez is a 58-year-old man who lives in a peri-urban area of Perimetral de Guayaquil. His house is made of cement and has the basic utilities. He is single but has a 16-year-old son who is currently in school.

Félix started out as a mechanic's assistant, fixing cars, repairing engines, and performing all types of automotive repair tasks. Thanks to this job, he was able to learn how to become a professional mechanic. With his little savings, he was able to rent a garage and became a self-employed mechanic.

He now works from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm every day. He repairs engines, valves, fuel injectors, etc. One of his biggest problems is the rainy season; however, he would like to purchase sheet metal for his business.

In the future, would like to have his own garage and a hardware store where he can sell hand tools so that he can ensure his only son's future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Casian

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