A loan of $1,000 helped tools for repairing vehicle.

Gregorio Lupercio's story

Gregorio is 53 years old. He has a small internet cafe and lives on the outskirts of Guayaquil (near the urban zone, surrounded by a salt marsh).

He started off as a taxi driver but in order to provide better for his wife and two children decided to invest his savings and buy computers so that he could have an internet cafe, because in the area where he lives there was high demand. Little by little his earnings increased until he was able to open his small internet cafe. Now his wife helps out at the internet cafe while he works as a taxi driver.

One of the drawbacks is that sometimes the car gets damaged, which is why he wants to buy some tools with part of this loan and use the other part to fix the car. In the future he would like to have a larger internet cafe and a fleet of taxis.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Molly Puglisi

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