A loan of $1,000 helped purchase a share on a fixed route taxi line.


Rene's story

Rene Silveria R. is 44 years old, married, and lives in the Pacata Alta area in the Cercado province in the department of Cochabamba. He works driving a fixed route taxi from the city of Cochabamba to Pacata Alta. He drives his own car. In order to be an official part of the fixed route taxi line, he has to purchase a share. He doesn't have one right now, so he has to pay daily rent for a share in his taxi route. Rene and his son take turns driving. He leaves at 4:00am and works continuously until 3:00pm when they switch shifts. After his son finishes classes at the technical institute, he drives until 1:00am. Rene has always had a difficult life with many sacrifices, but he has also received many rewards. He has been able to buy his own car and give his wife peace of mind. Now he would like to take advantage of the opportunity to purchase a share in the fixed route taxi line where he works so he can earn more income.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd



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